Sports Complex Built For 2011 Southeast Asian Games Hosts Regular Events
South Sumatra "has developed a series of events to keep Jakabaring Sport City alive in response to years of criticism over the prolonged usefulness of the massive complex, first used for the Southeast Asian Games in 2011," according to Ami Afriatni of the JAKARTA GLOBE. The South Sumatran government and the provincial sports committee (Konida) "have collaborated to host events at the 325-hectare complex in an effort to turn it into a destination for lndonesians." South Sumatra Konida Chair Muddai Madang said that bringing events to Jakabaring "is part of a larger effort endorsed by the provincial government to help maintain the complex," which cost Rp 2.2T ($226M) to construct. Muddai said, "It is very common in Indonesia to build sporting facilities and leave them neglected rather than maintain them. We do not want this to happen again. We have world-class sporting facilities that we should not waste." The independent body "is in charge in maintaining the athletes’ village, which was built using funds from the state government budget before being handed over to the local government." The body said that "it has struggled to keep up with the village’s regular expenses, such as electricity bills." That is why Muddai said that the body’s marketing team "is now offering to rent out the complex, mostly to companies." He said, "They often hold corporate events in the athletes’ village. We allocate the income for maintenance" (JAKARTA GLOBE, 4/29).