December 24 2014

December 24, 2014

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The idea of a Formula One motoring circuit in Bali is back in? the news. Over the last 15 years? or so, This Sporting Life has seen proposals for a circuit? ranging from? Jembrana (West Bali), Pulau Serengan (Turtle Island)? and the Bukit, come and go.

Now we see the management of Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI) Bali urging the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Kemenpora) to build a Moto GP and F1 racing circuit in Bali. Although not yet approved by the relevant Minister, apparently the provincial government of Bali has debated the development.

“We strongly support the construction of the circuit in Bali because the island develops into a strategic place for the development of the sport of motor racing,” said Chairman of KONI Bali, I Ketut Kelvin. Kelvin continued, “the international circuit is planned to be located in either of two places, namely in Jembrana of 123 hectares or? 23 hectares Pecatu village (Bukit). However funding for this development until now? remains unclear. The Badung regency government supports the proposal,who have confirmed the location of the circuit in the Bukit.”

However when asked who will fund the international circuit’s construction, Kelvin added, “We do not know. Possibilities include being financed by the central government and local government and/or private Bali investment”.
From the sidelines of the? opening ceremony at the? recent Indonesian Youth Games (PON) in? Surabaya, East Java, Imam Nahrawi, the new? Minister for Sports & Youth? Affairs admitted the racing circuit development plan had been discussed with the provincial government of Bali.

Aside from the merits of whether Bali needs a Formula One circuit to boost its tourism numbers, with some saying, monies could better utilized elsewhere in Bali,the fact remains even if a circuit were ever built, it would be questionable whether a Formula One? or any FIA sanctioned race could ever be held in Bali, due to a number of reasons, not least? being the requirement? to have an International standard emergency hospital within 20 mins by helicopter from the circuit.

As seen in article Appendix H 2014 – Recommendations for the supervision of the road and emergency services (Homologation of circuits) – published this year on 29.07.2014 of the International Sporting Code of FIA – Federation Internationale du Automobile (F1 governing body) makes it? quite clear as we quote below.

With the exception of a direct transfer to a severe burns treatment centre, the flight time necessary to reach each of the hospitals mentioned in the medical questionnaire for the event and approved by the FIA Medical Delegate must not, in normal conditions, exceed approximately 20 minutes.

Summary table of the maximum time authorised for primary hospital transfers under intensive care (except for serious burns) except in a case of force majeure:
Whilst medical facilities have improved in recent years in South Bali, it has been suggested that it would take a supreme optimist to be confident that FIA would approve the medical facilities in Bali.

Whilst this column constantly promotes Balinese and Indonesian sports, sadly we can report, that rarely does a Balinese football club score a worldwide first. A recent first was achieved, but of the nature that Bali and Indonesia could do well without. FIFA in what it describes as the first time in the world, has penalised a Balinese football club and two other Indonesian clubs for confidentiality breaches through the use of social media. FIFA has fined the three Indonesian clubs for publishing secret transfer information on Twitter, the first time football’s world governing body has handed out sanctions for such social media offences.

Included is Bali’s Bali Devata as well as Persebaya Surabaya and Persires, who were each fined 25,000 Swiss francs (approx. 320 million Rupiah) for publishing confidential data on club-linked Twitter accounts, said FIFA. PSIS Semarang was ordered to pay 15,000 Swiss francs for republishing the other teams’ tweets and publishing a confidential letter sent to them by FIFA. The clubs were sanctioned “for breaching their obligation to keep data contained within the FIFA Transfer Matching System strictly confidential,” said FIFA.

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