Nirmala Dewi, Indonesia Basketball Association General Secretary “Hooray! Live spectators now allowed in sports arenas”

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Nirmala Dewi
Nirmala Dewi. Photo: Instagram

Jakarta, IO – Indonesian Basketball Association General Secretary Nirmala Dewi warmly welcomes the latest Government ruling that live spectators are now allowed for sports matches. She believes that despite necessary restrictions, it will help revive excitement for basketball events in the Homeland. 

“This is a very welcome new regulation indeed. We hope that more and more citizens will be spurred to get their booster shots in order to be allowed to watch more sports matches live. We hope that the goals of the Government’s herd immunity programs get achieved faster among sports lovers, especially basketball fans,” Nirmala said. 

Nirmala’s joy is truly warranted: this year, Indonesia is entrusted to become the host for the 2022 FIBA Asia Cup, which will be held in the Senayan Sports Complex, Central Jakarta, on 12- 24 July. And next year, we are hosting the 2023 FIBA World Cup jointly with Japan and the Philippines. “The venue for the event is being constructed in the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, as we speak. We are pleased with the expectation that FIBA Asia Cup in our country will become more festive with live spectators,” she declared. 

Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan announced in an online press conference for the Restricted Meeting concerning the Evaluation of Restrictions of Community Activities held on 7 March that live spectators are now allowed in sports matches. “ However , attending live spectators must have obtained the third or booster vaccine and use the PeduliLindungi for entry,” he said. 

The number of live spectators allowed for any event is also restricted, in accordance with the level of the Regional Restriction of Community Activities for the organizing region. Level 4 regions only allow 25% live spectators of the venue’s capacity, Level 3 regions are allowed 50% venue capacity live spectators, Level 2 regions are allowed 75% venue capacity live spectators, and Level 1 is allowed full capacity live spectators. During the press conference, Minister Luhut also declared that all citizens who have taken full (two-phase) vaccination course need not carry the results of the Covid-19 testing in order to be allowed a seat on any transport for domestic travels. 

Let’s hope that the full revival of Indonesian sporting events is getting close! (rp)