‘I don’t feel robbed’: Indonesia International Marathon winner hopeful of receiving prize money

Officers in Indonesia have been harping on about making Bali a sports activities tourism vacation spot, but a world athlete needed to make an enormous fuss on-line earlier than he might hope of receiving the prize cash he was promised after operating a marathon on the Island of Gods.

Twenty-four-year-old Jack Ahearn, who splits his time between his native nation Australia and Bali, alleged in his Instagram tales that went viral yesterday that, after successful the  worldwide males’s class on the inaugural Indonesia Worldwide Marathon (IIM) in Bali on June 26, he’s but to obtain his prize cash. 

Ahearn posted a photograph from the occasion, displaying his medal and certificates stating his IDR150,000,000 (US$10,100) prize cash.

Based on Ahearn in his social media posts, the organizers ghosted him for 2 months and even blocked his calls. As a “final resort,” he then went on social media asking his associates and communities to assist him search solutions from IIM organizers, the Indonesian Sports activities Council (KONI).

In a observe up submit, Ahearn stated that whereas he was promised IDR150,000,000, he realized that he would solely obtain IDR50,000,000 (US3,400) earlier than taxes from KONI. Ahearn shared a letter from KONI informing him of the brand new reward quantity on Instagram.

Ahearn’s posts have since been extensively shared and reposted round social media, with individuals tagging the marathon occasion and KONI urging them to listen to out Ahearn and different winners who allegedly additionally didn’t obtain their cash. 

Coconuts Bali contacted Ahearn right this moment, who stated he merely desires to resolve the matter as rapidly as doable. 

“I don’t really feel robbed, [I would] identical to to resolve the issue so we are able to all transfer on,” Ahearn defined.

“I’ve had communication [from IM’s race management and KONI that it will be solved today,” he added

As a mental health advocate, Ahearn explained that the prize money will be donated to Shuffle and Strides, an organization trying to destigmatize mental health issues. Ahearn has also been involved in various fundraising activities to help local NGOs, such as Bali Bersama Bisa, in a bid to provide better mental health services on the island.

In another follow-up Instagram story that was uploaded earlier today, Ahearn clarified that the remaining IDR100,000,000 (US$6,700) was not the responsibility of KONI, but that of the event’s promoters. 

“It is not the fault of KONI, IIM race management or any related sponsors of the event. I did not expect this to reach so many people and [I] need to apologize to any manufacturers or people harmed when they didn’t play a job within the cost difficulty,” Ahearn stated.

At any fee, the viral story could hamper the federal government’s want to spice up Bali’s attract for main sporting occasions and for sports activities tourism basically.

Tourism and Artistic Financial system Minister Sandiaga Uno, an avid runner who has repeatedly inspired sporting tourism in Bali, has taken discover of the scenario. 

“We noticed the posts and after some clarification, it turned out the organizer was having issues with amassing the funds,” Sandiaga defined yesterday.

He elaborated that the native winners of the marathon have already obtained their prizes, whereas the worldwide winners’ prizes are nonetheless being processed. 

“As of late, two worldwide winners haven’t been gifted but. Certainly one of them gave incorrect financial institution info, and one other had an inquiry concerning the sum of money promised and obtained,” Sandiaga stated. 

Sandiaga promised that the occasion organizers are working to get this example resolved. 

“This example will probably be monitored, as we need to uphold the nation’s good popularity for sports activities tourism,” he stated. 
As Bali is as soon as once more open for tourism following a pandemic bust, it isn’t stunning that Sandiaga has been proactive within the island’s affairs. Yesterday, he condemned a person who was caught secretly filming a girl in her swimsuit.

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