Neighbours back Indonesia's delayed preparations for 2011 South East Asian Games

ASEAN sports administrators are backing Indonesia's hosting of the 2011 South East Asian Games despite continuing problems in completing facilities on time.

According to The Jakarta Globe, "Budget shortages, delayed venue construction and graft allegations in the building of the athletes’ village have dominated the headlines ahead of the Games, which take place Nov. 11-22 in Palembang and Jakarta."

Almost all the venues in Palembang, which will host 23 of 42 events, will be finished behind schedule. Only the athletes’ village, tennis stadium and Palembang Sports and Convention Center are ready for use.

However, after visiting the sites, delegates from the other nations voiced their support for the organisers.

Myanmar representative U Naw Tawng said his country was learning from Indonesia, especially in building venues, as it will host the next Games in 2013 in Naypyitaw. "About 20% of our total construction is finished. We still have 24 months to go. We’ll be working harder,” he said.

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