Bali has received the unwelcomed news that it has lost its bid to host the 20th Indonesian National Sporting Week (PON) in 2020.
Indonesia’s Minister of Sports, Roy Suryo, has issued a decision giving the 2020 games to the far-eastern Indonsian province of Papua.
Defending the decision, a deputy of the Sport Ministry Djoko Pekik Irianto said by selecting a more remote region of Indonesia for the 2020 games a more even distribution across the country of quality sports facilities would be the result.
In the final voting by the selection committee for the 20th PON Games, Papua earned 66 votes, while Bali and Aceh each got 46 votes.
The chairman of the Bali National Sports Committee (KONI), Ketut Suwandi, said that his team must accept the Minister’s decision, even if it was not the outcome desired for Bali to host the 2020 games.
Saying the decision not to let Bali host the 20th PON should not discourage the Island from trying to become an international sports destination, Bali governor Pastika congratulated Papua on its selection commented: “Congratulations to Papua. Hopefully the local government and its staff can organize the event properly.”
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