Jakarta. The Sports Ministry's intention to dissolve its high-performance task force Satlak Prima is coming to reality after Indonesia's worst in history appearance during this year's Southeast Asian Games.
Satlak Prima was established in 2010 to pull the country up in the medal tallies of international competitions. But its performance has been unsatisfactory, especially during the games in Malaysia, where Indonesia won only 38 gold medals — the lowest since 1977.
Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi, who has not seen Indonesia met its medal targets in the past two SEA Games, announced in September he was considering to dissolve the ministry's sub-agencies, including Satlak Prima.
On Friday (06/10), Imam and Vice President Jusuf Kalla confirmed the decision.
"This action is taken in order to support us in winning more medals in the 2018 Asian Games," the vice president said.
Imam further explained that the agency led by former Indonesian Navy commander, Achmad Sutjipto, has been ineffective and often delayed payments to athletes and federations.
He started to openly blame the agency for ineffectiveness after 2017 SEA Games gold medalist Eki Febri Ekawati lambasted sport administrators on social media.
"With the dissolution of Prima, the responsibility for winning golds will come back to the national governing bodies [federations]," Imam said, as quoted by sports news outlet Juara.bolasport.com.
The minister said he hopes there will be no more delays after Satlak Prima is gone.
The decision is expected to come in force in November.
Among sports officials opinions are divided. According to Djoko Pekik Irianto, former deputy minister for high-performance, the time is not right.
"Prima was established under a 2010 presidential regulation, which was renewed in 2016. If the agency is dissolved, it needs another regulation," Djoko said.
"We only have 11 months before the 2018 Asian Games. I don't think that dissolving Prima now is a good decision, as we need to design a new scheme for elite camps, which is going to take time."
The 2018 Asian Games will be hosted by Indonesia in Jakarta and South Sumatra's Palembang. Sports officials have often been quoted as saying that beside successful organization, they also seek to be among the top 10 countries in the medal tally.