Asian Games – Finance minister praises number of medals acquired by iIdonesia

Jakarta, (ANTARA News) – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati praised the total number of medals acquired by the Indonesian contingent at the 2018 Asian Games, which she considered a “huge success”.

“I think it is a remarkable achievement from our athletes. Their passion to make Indonesia proud in sports is good,” she said at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Jakarta, Friday.

The former managing director of the World Bank said that President Joko Widodo would give awards, both material and non-material, to the outstanding athletes.

The award is expected to be able to trigger athletes across all sports to improve their achievements and fight harder at the next event.

“The president will give the awards later. The budget is ready,” Indrawati said.

As of Friday at 3.30 pm, Indonesia won 30 gold medals, 23 silver medals and 37 bronze medals in total.

Indonesia ranked fourth after China, Japan, and South Korea.

Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi has ensured that bonuses will be disbursed in the first week of September to the athletes, who won medals at the 2018 Asian Games.

The minister explained that the 18th Asian Games bonuses offered by the government were not only for the athletes who won medals, but also for the coaches and assistant coaches.

According to Nahrawi, an individual gold medalist is entitled to a bonus of Rp1.5 billion, a pair or double gold medal winner will get Rp1 billion for each, and team gold medalists get Rp750 million each.

For trainers, assistant trainers, silver and bronze medal winners, the value cannot be ascertained because inter-branch sports are different and the calculation needs to be done in detail.

Source: ANTARA News