10 Nov '11, 5am

SEA Games: Indonesia brushes off threat of chaos - AsiaOne

SEA Games: Indonesia brushes off threat of chaos - AsiaOne

JAKARTA - Southeast Asian Games organisers insist the event will be a roaring success, but a raft of problems including corruption and unfinished venues threatens to turn it into a laughing stock. Drawing 11 nations in sports from athletics and swimming to sepak takraw - a cross between football and volleyball - the biennial Games will be held in the Indonesian capital Jakarta and Palembang in South Sumatra from Friday. The omens for the 26th SEA Games have been bad since the ruling party's treasurer allegedly pocketed $3 million (S$3.9 million) in bribes from a firm seeking tenders to build the athletes village, and then fled to Colombia with the spoils. And the potential for a shambolic start to the showpiece event, echoing the embarrassment heaped on India's Commonwealth Games, has been heightened by the failure to finish venues or provide enough rooms for athletes and ...

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