The Ministry of Youth and Sports in Indonesia have revealed that they will investigate a complaint from badminton star Tommy Sugiarto against the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI).
Sugiarto claims that the KOI never supplied him with equipment or supplies during his preparation for the upcoming Rio Olympics and deputy minister for high-performance sports, Gatot Dewa Broto, will look into the case.
“I did not know that there was a member of the contingent who complained about not receiving the promised supplies and equipment for the Olympics. If there are complaints related to that, we will have to find out where the funds were channeled to,” Gatot told Suara Pembaruan.
“Rp 35 billion [$2,6 million] is not a small amount of money. Our main concern is to make athletes competitive and focused. I want to make sure this case is not repeated in the future.
Gatot has claimed that all the funds from the Olympic budget were given to Indonesia’s high-performance institute, Satlak Prima, with part of them coming from the sports ministry.
“As far as I know, we have delivered the funds for the athletes’ preparation to compete in 2016 Rio Olympics a long time ago and there was no problem,” he said.
Gatot also stated that he did not want to intervene in an alleged conflict between Sugiarto’s father Icuk Sugiarto and senior officials of the Indonesian Badminton Federation (PBSI).
“We don’t want to interfere in the PBSI’s internal affairs. The most important thing is that we’ve provided funds for equipment and the shuttlers’ preparation. All the funds were reported and are accounted for in detail to all Olympic sports, including weightlifting and badminton,” he added.