Jakarta. Indonesia's antigraft agency has warned that the 2018 Asian Games organizing committee, or Inasgoc, is vulnerable to ethical misconduct as it will use state funds to host the event.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has dealt with sports-related graft cases in the past, the controversy surrounding the Hambalang Sports Complex being the most recent. That scandal reportedly cost taxpayers Rp 463 billion ($34 million).
"The bigger the event, the bigger chance of wrongdoing. So, it should be taken with care that this sporting event can be exploited by some parties," KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said at the KPK headquarters in Jakarta on Wednesday (15/03).
"[The Asian Games] should have a structured projection for use of funds from its inception. We support all the country's development projects as long as they conform to the law and are accountable. We're also willing to assist the Sports Ministry to provide supervision for the event," he added.
The government has selected Vice President Jusuf Kalla to chair the 2018 Asian Games committee, making him the top supervisor of Inasgoc.
Kalla reportedly said that the Asian Games is also supported by the government through the current infrastructure projects in the host cities of Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra, to improve access to the venues.
The projects will cost taxpayers nearly Rp 30 trillion.
Inasgoc revealed that the 2018 Asian Games needs another Rp 8 trillion to finalize preparations.