Asian Games organizers are taking action against violations of alcohol consumption rules in athletes’ villages, officials said Monday (27/8).
As quoted by the AFP news agency, Asian Games officials reminded athletes that consuming alcoholic beverages is “not allowed” and is not good for health.
The athletes who have finished competing underestimated the ban on alcohol consumption, said Harry Warganegara, one of the officials of the organizing committee of the Asian Games (Inasgoc).
“There are some athletes who come with beer. We’ve banned it,” Harry said.
“We have checked it. They can’t bring it in. Beer isn’t healthy. Smoking is also prohibited. ”
Since 2015, except for Bali, Indonesia has banned the sale of alcoholic beverages at supermarkets and small shops, although there are still those who sell alcohol at large supermarkets, bars and hotels.
Harry responded to complaints that the athletes were tired of the food and drink the committee provided.
“We can’t control the athletes 100 per cent. (They say) ‘I’ve lost, I’m an official, I’m not competing anymore, I can drink.’ But they can’t just say things like that,” he said.
Around 17,000 athletes and organizers took part in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, the multi-sport competition ever held in Indonesia. [vp/ft]