Bali Governor Wayan Koster’s stance on the ANOC World Beach Games 2023 is in the spotlight

Bali Governor Wayan Koster's stance on the ANOC World Beach Games 2023 is in the spotlight

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The attitude of the provincial government of Bali and the Governor WayanKoster is in the spotlight ahead of the 2023 ANOC World Beach Games. The 2023 World Beach Games will be held in Bali on August 5-12.

At the event, the Israeli contingent was confirmed to be one of the participants in several events such as 3×3 basketball and swimming. Wayan Koster’s attitude has also been in the spotlight after rejecting the presence of the Israeli U-20 national team at the 2023 U-20 World Cup in Indonesia.

The rejection was allegedly the cause of FIFA revoking Indonesia’s status as the host. Koster, who is also a PDI Perjuangan politician, even sent an official letter regarding the rejection of Israel’s presence in Bali to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

In contrast to the 2023 U-20 World Cup polemic, the Governor of Bali has yet to provide a position regarding the presence of the Israeli contingent at the 2023 ANOC World Beach Games. A number of international media have also highlighted the potential polemic over Israel’s participation in the event in Bali.

The Sydney Morning Herald predict a fate similar to U-20 World Cup 2023 will happen if Bali is consistent in its attitude. The Australian media also questioned the attitude of the Governor of Bali at the 2023 ANOC World Beach Games.

“Questions were also raised about whether the same stance would be taken on other occasions, such as in August when Bali will hold the World Beach Games, where Israeli athletes are expected to compete,” wrote The Sydney Morning Herald March 30, 2023 issue.

The issue of the potential polemic at the ANOC World Beach Games 2023 has come to the attention of the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI). The chairman of KOI, Raja Sapta Oktohari, confirmed that Israeli athletes will appear in Bali at the 2023 World Beach Games.

Until now, there has been no cancellation of the ANOC World Beach Games 2023 agenda. “Once again, in the spirit of sportsmanship, we will play until the end. We will compete until there is a result. There is no term for defeat before the match. There will be 206 countries participating. participants,” said the King.

Menpora Dito Ariotedjo Looking for Ways to Smooth the 2023 World Beach Games

Minister of Youth and Sports Dito Ariotedjo immediately maneuvered to find common ground for the smooth running of international events ANOC World Beach Games 2023. “Starting today, I will try to talk to all existing stakeholders, hopefully we can ensure the smooth running and find common ground,” he said after the inauguration on Monday, April 3, 2023.

The Golkar Party politician emphasized that the Ministry of Youth and Sports will hold a meeting with all stakeholders to ensure the smooth running of the 2023 AWBG. “Yes, maybe because we are young people, all of us find it,” said Dito, who will follow President Jokowi’s direction not to mix sports and politics.

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