Fri, 03 Mar 2000

KONI to meet state enterprise's officials

JAKARTA (JP): National Sports Council (KONI) secretary general, Rudolf S. Warouw, said on Thursday he would invite director of the state-owned PT Perusahaan Gas Negara, Qoyum A. Tjandranegara, to discuss the state enterprises donation for sports development.

"We will invite Pak Qoyum, superior officer Setyanto Santoso and state enterprise accountant Bambang Sulistyanto and colleagues on Tuesday morning."

Qoyum told reporters on Wednesday that state enterprises have yet to hand over its donation because he questioned KONI's financial audit report on the 1999 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

"KONI have submitted the SEA Games audit report and our accounting team have studied it. But the report is incomplete and we have to ask KONI about several matters," he said.

Warouw said he has never informed the report was incomplete and thought it was correct.

"I just received the (returned) report today and I thought earlier that everything went well. I have to speak to KONI's treasurer Setya Novanto or KONI's head of internal auditors I Gde Putu Ary Suta on the returned report," he said.

Former state minister for the empowerment of state enterprises, Tanri Abeng, promised last year to donate Rp 7 billion (US$946,000) to KONI but state enterprises could only raise Rp 6 billion.

State enterprises have handed over Rp 3.5 billion and the rest will be given to KONI as soon as the council completes the report.

Speaking on preparations to attend the SEA Games Federation executive council meeting next week, Warouw said Indonesia would likely suggest the Federation stage 18 of 25 Olympic events including badminton, table tennis, archery, tae kwon do, boxing and judo.

Warouw, KONI vice chairman Harsuki, official in charge of foreign affairs Indra Kartasasmita and the Indonesian Rowing and Canoeing Association (PODSI) secretary general Budiman Setiawan will attend the meeting in Kuala Lumpur from March 9 to March 12.

"I asked Pak Budiman to come along because rowing and canoeing normally are not featured in the biennial event. We will lobby the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam to support us in staging the event," he said.

Warouw said Malaysia would likely feature 30 sports in the next Games. KONI earlier proposed 11 sports, namely, wrestling, judo, fencing, rowing and canoeing, softball, table tennis, archery, tennis, equestrian events, water skiing and beach volleyball to be featured in the Games. (yan/ivy)