TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Youth and Sports Ministry has disbursed the fund allocated for athletes. Minister of Youth and Sports Roy Suryo stated that Rp 135,13 billion (US$13,88 million) was disbursed on May 1 after the Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI).
"The managers of sport branches will contact KONI for disbursement," Roy Suryo said in the Ministry office on Friday, May 10. He stated that the fund will be used to prepare and develop national athletes in preparation for the upcoming SEA Games that will be held in Indonesia on December 2013. However, the fund did not include athletes' allowance.
The Ministry however, did not provide bonus for athletes due to limited budget unless there is a revision in the state budget (APBN).
"I can't promise, but we will try for it," he claimed.
Earlier, the Ministry promised to give bonus for athletes who manage to receive a medal. For a gold medal, an athlete will receive Rp 200 million, while for silver and bronze, the bonus are Rp 100 million and Rp 50 million, respectively.