Foreign Indonesia International Marathon runner yet to receive prize money, as organizers cite KITAS requirement

A foreigner who was among the many winners on the worldwide class on the Indonesia Worldwide Marathon (IIM) has but to obtain his reward after weeks of protesting, with the occasion’s organizers now saying that recipients should maintain a KITAS (Momentary Keep Allow).

In an Instagram put up on their official account yesterday, race organizer PT Tata Media Prima (PT TMP) mentioned that they’ve settled the excellent prize cash to the winners who’ve KITAS, which they mentioned was in accordance with the phrases and situations of the race.

Nonetheless, in a put up on June 20, they really introduced that “all full marathon runners are eligible for prize cash.”

Australian nationwide Mike ‘Akerz’ Akerman, who was the primary runner-up within the worldwide males’s class for the complete marathon at IIM in Bali on June 26, was promised IDR100,000,000 (US$6,700) after taking the rostrum.

By means of his lawyer, Frank Hutapea, Akerman was quoted as saying that he was conscious of KITAS necessities when he registered. Nonetheless, he mentioned the organizers had modified the phrases, which is why he was given the examine after taking the rostrum.

Akerman alleged that the change occurred after the registrations had been closed. 

Frank, who represented Akerman together with Jack Ahearn (who positioned first on the worldwide males’s class) and Henrietta Brouwer (third winner of the worldwide ladies’s class), mentioned that Akerman has not acquired his prize cash.

“It has now turn into the obligation of KONI [Indonesian Spots Council), IIM, PT TMP, collectively and severally, to not solely pay the overseas winner, but additionally to save lots of the face of Indonesia’s tourism on the world stage,” Frank advised Coconuts Bali.

“Those that are concerned in delaying funds ought to by now notice that they’ve carried with them to floor zero these individuals who have completed nice occasions in Indonesia.”

As beforehand reported, the problem went viral after Ahearn mentioned in his Instagram put up that he was ghosted by the organizers for 2 months after taking the rostrum. Alleging that his quantity was blocked by the organizers, Ahearn lastly acquired his fee final week together with Brouwer, however solely after the organizers got here underneath public scrutiny.

When requested about PT TMP’s announcement on the KITAS requirement, Frank mentioned that it was a “ridiculous” excuse.

“By making up ridiculous excuses they don’t seem to be releasing them of current liabilities however as a substitute repeatedly degrading Indonesia on the world stage. Since when is KITAS used as an excuse to pay an award? Final time I checked, this isn’t a job honest,” he mentioned.

Contacted individually, KONI secretary common Ade Lukman advised Coconuts Bali that the race administration advised the council that foreigners who maintain KITAS can be eligible for prize cash. Nonetheless, Ade mentioned, KONI was conscious of the Instagram put up saying the modifications, saying that “it’s not applicable.”

“Naturally, we’ll discover the perfect answer and we’ll replace you quickly,” he mentioned.

The scandal might taint the federal government’s efforts to spice up sports activities tourism in Bali, one thing that Tourism and Inventive Financial system Sandiaga Uno repeatedly pushed for up to now.

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