Thursday, February 12, 2015

Olympic competition in Indonesia

Image result for olympics logoA dispute over the Olympic logo has put the hosting of the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia in doubt. The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) substituted Indonesia for Vietnam after the latter withdrew, bringing the prestigious tournament to South East Asia's largest country. 

However the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI) has for some years been using a symbol similar to the Olympic`s five interlocking rings. This is despite objections from the Indonesian Olympic Committee, the local representatives of the International Olympics Committee (IOC). The IOC has even written to the president and issued a warning letter threatening legal action against KONI. It raises the threat of Indonesia losing the 2018 Asian Games because KONI's five rings logo violates the IOC`s intellectual property rights.

KONI's deputy chief Manuel Inkiriwang said that KONI was the official trademark holder of the five rings logo so "KONI has the legal right to use the logo".  As a result the country's sports ministry said the government is trying to settle the matter.

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