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ASIAN GAMES: Indonesia shrugs off organisation woes

SPORTS By AFP | March 9th 2017
This photograph taken on March 4, 2017 shows workers at the under-construction Senayan sport complex which will be used during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Inter Milan president Erik Thohir has confirmed he is collaborating with Indonesian anti-corruption authorities but brushed off allegations of graft in relation to the awarding of the 2018 Asian Games. / AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYO

Organisers of Indonesia’s 2018 Asian Games insisted yestersday that preparations were on track after the build-up was hit by corruption allegations and concerns about faltering organisation. With 18 months to go until the start of the world’s biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics, the flurry of early problems has sparked worries in a country with a chequered history of hosting international tournaments.

When Indonesia hosted the Southeast Asian Games in 2011, the event was marked by a major corruption scandal, delays in getting venues and infrastructure ready and a deadly stampede at the football final.

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