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FREEING ASIAN GAMES FROM HAZE POLLUTION

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Simulation of fight against forest fire in Sumatra.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Haze pollution has been one of the most serious problems in countries, including Indonesia, having wide expanses of forest areas, but efforts are ongoing to free the Asian Games from such an environmental catastrophe.

Since 2000, Indonesia has annually received complaints from neighboring countries over haze arising from forest and land fires in the dry season.

However, additional hard efforts to improve the system and procedures on ways to cope with forest and land fires continue to be undertaken at the national and regional levels to combat haze pollution.

Forest and land fires that are likely to occur in 2018 are feared to cause problems, as some hotspots are located in proximity to the Asian Games venue, especially Jakabaring Stadium in Palembang, South Sumatra.

However, efforts to cope with forest and land fires in the past few years have been quite successful in reducing smoke pollution, so the international sporting event of the Asian Games is believed to be free from this environmental problem.

Through serious cooperation and hard work of all stakeholders, the implementation of the Asian Games in Palembang is guaranteed to be safe from haze pollution, according to Coordinating Minister for Political, Law, and Security Affairs Wiranto.

To ensure the venues of the Asian Games matches in Palembang are free of smoke arising from land and forest fires, numerous smoke detectors have been installed in the Jakabaring Sport City (JSC) area.

JSC Palembang Director Bambang Supriyanto remarked recently that four temperature and smoke detection devices had been installed at the Athlete Hall, Shooting Stadium, Athletic Stadium, and Jakabaring Sriwijaya Stadium.

The temperature and smoke detection devices are a grant from the Center for Research on IOT data and resiliency initiatives from ICTP UNESCO.

Supriyanto noted that it was part of the efforts of the government to detect early humidity and smoke haze, including the direction of the smoke haze.

In addition to optimizing the temperature and smoke detection devices, South Sumatra Province has also formed a Forest and Land Fire Task Force comprising the TNI, Polri, Manggala Agni Fire Brigade, and government officials as a precautionary measure against land and forest fires in the dry season.

Although forest and land fires are still found in the districts of Ogan Komering Ilir and Musi Banyuasin, this incident did not cause smoke disasters in Palembang City.

However, the government has intensified Weather Modification Technology to bring rain to ensure no smoke disasters occur during the Asian Games scheduled from August 18 to September 2, 2018.

Commander of the Air Force Base in Palembang Colonel Pnb HR Sutrisno stated that the Air Task Force was aggressively conducting cloud seeding operations after additional aircraft arrived in Palembang last Monday.

According to Sutrisno, this effort was quite fruitful, as several locations had received rain despite being the peak of the dry season.

In addition, the South Sumatra neighboring province of Riau is ready to prevent land and forest fires to ensure the success of the games.

Riau Governor Arsyadjuliandi Rachman had remarked in Pekanbaru early this month that by preventing land and forest fires, the city of Palembang is free from haze pollution during the international sporting event.

During the Asian Games torch relay ceremony at the Riau provincial government office that time, the governor had stressed that various parties in the province had continued to work hard to prevent forest and land fires, so that smoke will not spread to Palembang.

In addition to ensuring the success of the Asian Games, Governor Arsyadjuliandi noted that Riau had also helped to encourage athletes, who will participate in Asia`s biggest sporting event.

Some 25 athletes from Riau are part of the Asian Games Indonesian contingent, and they are expected to be able to deliver their best performance and win medals.

In its efforts to ensure the success of the Asian Games, Riau`s Land and Forest Fire Task Force had recently deployed six water bombing and patrol helicopters to contain the spread of hotspots in the area.

The six helicopters include a Bell 430 patrol helicopter, two water bombers Kamov K-32A, and a water bomber Sikorsky S61-A, the four being provided by the National Disaster Management Agency.

Two other helicopters are a Super Puma N-5893Y provided by pulp and paper producer Sinarmas and a Bell 412 SP provided by the Forestry and Environment Ministry.

President Joko Widodo had emphasized earlier that the related authorities should do their best to ensure that the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang is not disrupted by land and forest fires.

As the host of the Asian Games, Indonesia must be able to ensure that land and forest fires will not occur during the multi-sport event, so that the country`s image and flights are not disrupted by the haze.

Indonesia will host the Asian Games for the second time this year after Jakarta was selected as the venue for the Asian sporting event for the first time in 1962. By virtue of its hosting of the 2018 games, the country aims to secure a place among the top 10 largest sporting events.

Some 45 countries will participate in the games that will feature 462 events across 40 sports, of which 32 are Olympic sports and eight are non-Olympic events.

The Olympic sports are Aquatics, Athletics, Fencing, Weightlifting, Basketball, Handball, Badminton, Baseball/Softball, Cycling, Equestrian, Golf, Wrestling, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Canoeing and Kayaking, Sailing, Shooting, Modern Pentathlon, Archery, Sport Climbing, Rowing, Rugby, Gymnastics, Roller Skating, Football, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Boxing, Triathlon, and Volleyball. (far)

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INDONESIA STAYS AT FOURH RANKING IN MANILA’S 2019 SEA GAMES

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Indonesia stood fourth, while the Philippines contingent was ranked at the top of the medal tally, followed by Vietnam and Thailand.

Greatindonesia.co.id, New Clarck City – The Indonesian contingent secured 72 gold medals in the 30th SEA Games in Manila, the Philippines’ capital city, which concluded on Wednesday (11/12/2019).

Despite clinching more gold medals than the government’s earlier set target, the Indonesian contingent failed to come in the top two.

Instead, Indonesia stood fourth, while the Philippines contingent was ranked at the top of the medal tally, followed by Vietnam and Thailand.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had earlier appealed to the athletes to perform to the best of their abilities to ensure Indonesia stood second in the medal tally of the multi-sport event that the Philippines hosted from November 30 to December 11.

“I want us to emerge as the second runner-up at the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines,” President Jokowi noted in his speech delivered at a ceremony to see off the Indonesian contingent at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Nov 27.

Jokowi noted that the Indonesian athletes were expected to boost their achievements in various international multi-sport events while acceding to the fact that it was no easy task.

However, with a robust fighting spirit and the support of 260 million Indonesians, the athletes should do their best to grab as many medals as possible at the Philippines 30th SEA Games, he emphasized.

The Indonesian athletes, who lately won 38 gold medals at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, competed against those from the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Timor Leste.

The following table shows the final medal tally of the 2019 SEA Games :

Rank State Gold Silver Bronze Total

1 Philippines 149 117 121 387
2 Vietnam 98 85 105 288
3 Thailand 92 103 123 318
4 Indonesia 72 84 111 267
5 Malaysia 55 58 71 184
6 Singapore 53 46 68 167
7 Myanmar 4 18 51 73
8 Cambodia 4 6 36 46
9 Brunei 2 5 6 13
10 Laos 1 5 28 34
11 Timor Leste 0 1 5 6

Total 530 528 725 1,783. (ant)

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VIOLENCE AT GBK MAY AFFECT INDONESIA’S BID FOR U-20 WORLD CUP

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The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has reported the incident to FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – All-Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) admitted violence during the 2022 World Cup’s qualifier between Indonesia and Malaysia at Bung Karno Sports Stadium (GBK) in Jakarta on Thursday (5/9/2019) may affect Indonesia’s bid to host U-20 World Cup 2021.

“The incident that we regret will undoubtedly have a more or less impact on our bid. Hopefully, the impact is not too large,” Chief of PSSI Media Relations and Digital Promotion Gatot Widakdo said in Jakarta on Sunday (8/9/2019).

To lessen the impact of the incident on Indonesia’s bid to host the U-20 World Cup 2021, PSSI will explain the chronology of the incident to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), he said.

He said PSSI will accept what the world’s soccer governing body will decide following the incident, including sanctions.

“We are waiting for what FIFA will decide. Once again, I hope the impact is not big,” he said

The incident happened when Indonesia played against Malaysia in the qualifying round of Group G of World Cup 2022 for Asian zone.

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has reported the incident to FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

A few Indonesian supporters threw bottles and smoke bombs during the second round of the first home-away match between Indonesia and Malaysia of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification. Following the incident, the game was stopped for 10 minutes.

Indonesia officially filed its bidding document to FIFA to host the U-20 World Cup 2021.

FIFA noted on its official website on Thursday (10/9/2019) that the All Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) officially submitted Indonesia’s bid to hold the event.

To host the event, Indonesia will go neck to neck with Brazil and Peru that had also submitted formal bids.

FIFA will conduct its review and assessment of the bids prior to taking a final decision on the host of the event at its meeting on October 23-24, 2019, in Shanghai, China. (msh)

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SURABAYA TO HOST U-20 WORLD CUP

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Surabaya Mayor, Tri Rismaharini.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Surabaya – The world soccer governing body, FIFA has appointed the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya as the host of the U-20 World Cup in 2021. Speaking to the press Monday (26/8/2019), Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini said she was pleased to hear of the appointment of Surabaya as the host of the event and was ready to repay the trust.

Surabaya is ready to host the event, Risma said. She hoped that by hosting the event, Surabaya’s children could fulfil their dream of being world-class football players.

Surabaya’s children can also be employed as ball boys and girls when the event is on, she said.

“I will be pleased to see children walk hand-in-hand with the world’s players,” she said.

After receiving the FIFA letter, the mayor received visits from several executive board members of the East Java chapter of the All Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) to discuss preparations for the event. (ahm)

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