ANOC and Qatar Support Indonesia Title World Beach Games

The Association of National Olympic Committee (ANOC) and Qatar expressed their support for Indonesia’s bid to hold the 2023 World Beach Games in Bali. Chairperson of the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI), Raja Sapta Okto, who delivered the statement following the rejection of the Governor of Bali regarding the participation of Israeli athletes at the ANOC WBG, which will be held on the Island of the Gods on August 5–12, 2023.
Okto said that after the dynamics of the participation of Israeli athletes emerged, even to the point of being heard abroad, many showed sympathy and gave support to friendly countries both directly and indirectly. Especially after FIFA revoked Indonesia’s status as the host of the U-20 World Cup.
“I got a response, especially from ANOC, who tried to find solutions so that activities (WBG) could still be carried out and all parties could not be disturbed. Like the first host country, Awbg, Qatar, even provided full support after hearing about the situation that occurred today. Because they want to make sure that the activity can take place well, “Okto said in a press conference at the KOI office in Jakarta on Thursday (6/4/2023).
However, Okto, who had served as the 2016 Olympic Chef de Mission in Rio de Janeiro, stressed that Indonesia must be able to pass this precedent for the ideals of the host country of the 2036 Olympics. Where, Qatar became one of its competitors.
“I have communicated from the beginning with them. They said this competition is not about winning or losing winning but about supporting each other. And that we build with other countries. Like the countries in our regional Southeast Asia, Asian countries, and countries around the world. In relation to ANOC, we will intensively communicate. We are looking for solutions, building communication, and diplomatizing with other countries. That is what I say sports as a unifying medium as well as a media for diplomacy, “Okto said.

April 6, 2023, detikFinance