League Notes: Budget Delays Hindering Indonesia's Sporting Event Preparations
The Golden Indonesia Program's (Prima) Head of Martial Arts Silvia Kristina said that "budget delays are hampering Indonesia’s preparations for major sports events and the government is to blame for neglecting the issue." Kristina "warned athletes were at a disadvantage and may not be able to compete at the highest levels unless bureaucratic bungling within the sector was fixed." Prima, a government body, "is charged with overseeing athletes training for major competitions" (JAKARTA GLOBE, 3/22). ... A 19-year-old weightlifter has been suspended by the Indian Weightlifting Federation "for allegedly harassing three junior women weightlifters" at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, India. The three lifters "have alleged harassment by Shubham Verma, a silver medallist at the Youth Nationals last November" (PTI, 3/22).