87 Indonesian Athletes Participate in 5th Islamic Solidarity Games

Ticket prices are two to three times higher.

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – Indonesia will send a total of 87 athletes to compete in 13 sports during the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games scheduled to be held from 9 to 18 August 2022 in Konya, Turkey. will participate in

Chef de Mission (CdM) of the contingent Rafic Radinal said in a statement on Friday that the players’ departures would be phased according to the match schedule.

The shooting team and cycling team have arrived in Konya. In addition, the track and field club and taekwondo club will depart for the tournament on Saturday, August 6th.

Meanwhile, the rest of the players are scheduled to leave on Monday night (August 8).

Indonesia has not participated in all 20 sports at the 5th Muslim Solidarity Games due to limited budgets, especially due to the high price of air tickets to Konya.

“Ticket prices will be two to three times higher. Turkey’s current inflation is affecting the rise in (commodity) prices in Turkey,” CdM noted.

Radinal said the measures had to be taken given budgetary constraints, but in practice his side found it difficult to reduce the number of athletes sent to the event.

Therefore, his side allowed the use of self-funding schemes due to the very high level of enthusiasm for some sports.

A total of 12 sports were funded using the national budget: archery, track and field, cycling, gymnastics, judo, karate, kickboxing, shooting, swimming, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling.

However, for some of the state-funded sports such as taekwondo, shooting, gymnastics and weightlifting, the event is a good opportunity to prepare for a variety of larger sporting events, using self-financing schemes to provide additional funding. It was decided to send the athlete, Radinal pointed out.

Meanwhile, the table tennis team has requested the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) to allow it to participate fully self-funded.

The Islamic Solidarity Games is a multi-sport event held for Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries.

This edition includes athletics, archery, 3×3 basketball, bocce, cycling (road and track events), fencing, soccer, gymnastics (artistic, aerobic and rhythmic events), handball, judo, karate, kickboxing and shooting. 20 sports are contested. , swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling (freestyle and Greco-Roman events), traditional archery.

In addition, several Paralympic sports will be competed at this event.

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