Govt sets aside Rp210b for Asiad bonuses
The government has allocated Rp 210 billion (US$14.256 million) for cash bonuses distributed among medal-winning athletes, coaches and assistant coaches participating in the 2018 Asian Games (Asiad).
“What’s interesting is that the bonuses will not just be given to the medalists, but also non-medalists. The athletes who did not win a medal will each get a bonus of Rp 20 million,” Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi said at the State Palace on Sunday.
Imam made the statement after attending a gathering of athletes and coaches who participated in the Asian Games, along with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
During the gathering, the President presented symbolic bonuses to the medal winners. The cash prizes have already been transferred to their bank accounts.
"Rp 210 billion covered all the bonuses, including for non-medalists. But that’s only for the 2018 Asian Games. That doesn’t include the Asian Para Games, which hasn’t been held yet,” said Imam.
He added that the bonuses had been transferred on Sunday, directly to the bank accounts of each athlete, coach and assistant coach.
Each gold medalists received Rp1.5 billion, which is non-tax deductible, while gold-winning duos got Rp 1 billion each and athletes from a gold-medal team got Rp 750 million each.
Silver medalists received Rp 500 million, while pairs got Rp 400 million and silver-meal teams got Rp 300 million per athlete.
Bronze medalists got Rp 250 million, while pairs received Rp 200 million each and teams got Rp 150 million per member.
Coaches got Rp 450 million for training gold medalist, Rp 150 for training silver medalists and Rp 75 million for bronze medalists.
Assistant coaches received Rp 300 million for helping to train gold medalists, Rp 100 million for training silver medalists and Rp 50 million for bronze medal winners.
In addition to cash bonuses, they will also receive a civil servant status, which includes a monthly salary from the government, as well as a house. (*)
Reporter: Desca Lidya Natalia
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