Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Indonesian president says South Sumatra ready for SEA Games 2011

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Tuesday that South Sumatra province has been ready to host the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in 2011, Antara news wire reported.

Yudhoyono made the statement at a limited cabinet meeting on preparations for the organization of the SEA Games 2011 on Tuesday.

The SEA Games are scheduled to take place in November 2011 and are expected to be participated in by 6,000 athletes.

"I have decided to choose a province which is not only ready but also has the spirit to host the event. And in my judgment South Sumatra governor has the needed determination and spirit to be a good host of the SEA Games 2011," said Yudhoyono.

Meanwhile, he called on all parties to join hands in supporting the event and to make it a success.

"Time is fleeing. One year from now is not very far away. Therefore, all parties should have give their cooperation to support the sports event," the president said.

He said there would be preparations in the security field, and therefore the people should be informed and invited to give their inputs.

"Traffic and security arrangements will certainly have to be made. Therefore the local people should be involved and the authorities concerned should listen to their inputs so that the event can be organized successfully," the president said.

The Southeast Asian Games (also known as the SEA Games), is a biennial multi-sport event involving participants from the current 11 countries of Southeast Asia.

The games is under regulation of the Southeast Asian Games Federation with supervision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Council of Asia.

Source: Xinhua

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