Team Indonesia has reset its focus on this year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics after the ASEAN Para Games in the Philippines was postponed indefinitely over fears of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The country, however, is prepared to return its attention to preparations for the Para Games once the Philippines announces a new date for the biennial event.

Indonesia has allocated Rp 143.2 billion (US$10.4 million) to hold training camps for the Olympics, Asian Games and Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. 

The budget is for a four-year training program that includes this summer’s Olympic Games and Paralympics in Tokyo, the 2021 SEA Games, the 2022 Asian Games and the 2024 Olympics in Paris, the Youth and Sports Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We’re expected to use Rp 99 billion for training camps of Olympics sports, while the Rp 44 billion is allocated for camps of sports featured at the 2022 Games, 2024 Olympics and 2021 SEA Games,” the statement read.

The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) is set to receive a budget of Rp 18.6 billion for its camp, the Indonesian Weightlifting, Powerlifting and Bodybuilding Association (PABBSI) will receive Rp 10 billion and the Indonesian Volleyball Association (PBVSI) will receive Rp 3.2 billion.

For the Paralympics, the government has allocated Rp 80 billion for training camps.

“The [Rp 80 billion] budget is allocated for the [2020] Paralympics and ASEAN Para Games training camps.

“However, due to the delay we prioritize the use of the budget for the Paralympics. Once the Philippines announces the new date of the 2020 Para Games, we will switch back to the former budget arrangement,” the ministry said. (nkn)