Two world class sport events will be held in Indonesia in near time.
Here are some teas for you to keep you up to date for these sport events. First, let’s talk about sport event that would be held in Mandalika. Almost a quarter of a century after the country hosted its last MotoGP race, Indonesia is expected to return to the elite motor-racing calendar in 2021. Lombok’s Mandalika International Street Circuit, which remains under construction, has been named on the provisional 20-race calendar’s reserve list while the sport’s organisers await its completion. All going to plan, there is an expectation it will be included when the list of venues is confirmed early in the year with the island’s inaugural race slated for October or November.
The inclusion will represent a giant leap for Lombok, which is located in West Nusa Tenggara and has been identified by the Indonesian Government as a key focal point for economic growth through tourism and property investment. Already attracting hundreds of investors each year, the hope is major international events such as the MotoGP – and Formula One has not been ruled out for the future too – can turn Lombok into a year-round sporting destination.
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The Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) signed a deal with Dorna Sports for MotoGP hosting rights in 2018, marking a historic breakthrough both for Lombok and the sport. With a population close to 270 million, the country famously boasts the largest motor-racing fanbase in the world, yet has hosted a race just twice in history and been absent from the racing calendar for more than two decades.
Once the Mandalika International Street Circuit and its surrounding infrastructure is complete later this year, it is expected to host various other motorsports events, including the World Superbikes Championship, as well as conferences, congresses and business summits. When not in use, it will be open for the public and the objective is to create an ideal environment for external investment that can boost the island’s economic and international status.
Officials estimate that MotoGP alone can generate around 1 trillion IDR (US$71 million) for the Indonesian economy. According to government and tourism officials, the MotoGP world championship race is going to bring not only much-awaited international exposure to the country, but also more opportunities to its people. As race teams eye the 2021 calendar, local riders may find themselves with testing opportunities as marques look to align with Indonesia in a bid to increase marketing exposure. Any participation would presumably inspire future generations to chase the same dream, creating a long-lasting impact on the country’s economic well-being.
Although there are no Indonesian riders in MotoGP this year, 28-year-old Dimas Ekky Pratama from West Java and 23-year-old Andi Farid Izdihar from South Sulawesi both raced in Moto2 last season. While Izdihar will compete in Moto3 this year for Honda Team Asia, Pratama is expected to be the face of the new Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team. Meanwhile MP1, an Indonesian company operating in events and sports management, has partnered with Gresini Racing through a multiple-year partnership agreement that covers all four categories: MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3, and MotoE. More tie-ups are expected.
The Mandalika International Street Circuit may not be a true street circuit in the sense of Monaco or Singapore, but the permanent design does incorporate public roads. Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the company responsible for the venue and its surroundings, believe the 4.32km track will be one of the fastest in the championship. It is expected to cater to 150,000 spectators and with a 10-year contract promising to broadcast Lombok into 428 million homes across 200 countries, continual exposure of the island is guaranteed for at least the next decade. With construction well underway, the Mandalika Beach Club set to open its doors in early 2021, and the racing circuit to be ratified soon after, the ambitious project is undoubtedly going to increase tourism on the island. The idea of Lombok eclipsing Bali as Indonesia’s top tourist attraction is not yet on the agenda, but merely joining its neighbouring island at the top table of Asian holiday destinations will be a massive success.
Now let’s talk about second sport event that would be held in Bali. The sport name is Indonesia Badminton Festival 2021. After undergoing a series of European tours, the badminton tournament will continue to Indonesia. This time, Bali will host the 2021 Indonesia Badminton Festival match. This international badminton tournament has three agendas at once, namely Indonesia Master Super 750, Indonesia Open Super 1000, and HSBC BWF World Tour Final 2021. All matches will be held from 16 November – 5 December 2021. This match was organized after seeing the success of similar matches in England and Bangkok during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to implementing strict health protocols, this series of tournaments has other interesting things that you must know.
In the midst of the ongoing pandemic, the Indonesia Badminton Festival 2021 agenda series will be held with a bubble system and strict health protocols. In a virtual press conference, Friday (10/29/2021), PBSI and the Bali Provincial Government turned out to have thought about it carefully. The selection of the Bali International Convention Centre and The Westin Resort as locations will facilitate the implementation of this bubble system.
Apparently, the Bali International Convention Centre is not too far from The Westin Resort which can be used as a place to stay for athletes and team officials. The Westin Resort which will be used for athletes to rest also has complete facilities. So, besides being safe, of course, the athletes will feel comfortable.
The case of COVID-19 in the country has not subsided. In order to avoid the spread of cases, the government took steps by making rules for every Indonesian citizen to be required to quarantine after traveling from abroad. Athletes, team officials, and foreign referees are required to quarantine for 5 days upon arrival in Bali. In addition, participants are also not allowed to leave The Westin Nusa Dua area during the tournament.
The enthusiasm of Indonesian badminton lovers is very high. Badminton tournaments in Indonesia are always crowded. Unfortunately, this series of badminton festivals cannot be attended by badminton lovers. This was conveyed directly by the Head of Foreign Relations of PP PBSI, Bambang Roedyanto. Through his Twitter account, Bambang Roedyanto said that spectators were not allowed to watch the tournament to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
China has announced that it will withdraw from the 2021 Indonesia Badminton Festival in Bali. Reported by Sohu , China’s coach, Guo Yu, confirmed that his party will not participate in the 2021 Indonesia Badminton Festival. The Chinese team will recover and focus on preparing for the World Championships in Huelva, Spain. With so many European tours scheduled, the Chinese coach explained to the Chinese media that the players were very tired. So, the decision to withdraw must be taken for the health of the athletes.
After several series of tournaments, both team and individual tournaments, PBSI admitted that it did not set specific targets for athletes. What’s more, despite the good results by bringing the Thomas trophy back to Indonesia, several top athletes have suffered injuries. Even so, PBSI said that the athletes were recovering and ready to give their best performance at the Indonesia Badminton Festival later. Indonesia will also field its full strength, starting from its superiors to the young coatings.
This is expected to increase the ability of players so that regeneration continues. In the midst of the ongoing WADA sanctions, it is an honor for Indonesia to be the host of three international tournaments. This series of tournaments is expected to increase the image of tourism in Bali, as well as become a place to hone the skills of athletes after being absent from participating in the tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic.