Chess Contest Winner Abandoned in Jakarta
Friday, 22 August, 2008 12:34 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Yuni Veronika, 11, student of elementary school (SD) 09 at Kuala Terusan, Riau was an international champion at the Fourth World School Chess Championship 2008 in Singapore last month.

Yuni was one of eleven students with achievement invited to the Independence Day ceremony at the State Palace on August 17.

On August 18, Yuni and other students met President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and first lady Ani Yudhoyono, also the Cabinet Ministers in Jakarta.

Apparently the committee did not pay for the accommodation and transportation for Yuni and her father, Sudirman, in Jakarta. After the meeting, they could not return to Riau and pay for their stay in Jakarta.

“I do not know where to go. I only have money for food. I am forced to ask for people’s kindness,” Sudirman said.

Yani from the National Education Department confirmed the committee did not pay for their accommodation and transportation. “They had been told about it. It should be the responsibility of the Indonesian Chess Association (Percasi) in Riau,” she said.

Yuni and her father have been in Jakarta for four days without knowing how to return to Riau. They stayed at the political party’s post at Jalan Kamboja RW6, North Grogol, South Jakarta.

She wore a white athlete’s jacket holding her trophy and two of her medals.

At the 3×3 meters square-post, Yuni and her father stay with an old sleeping mat and fan.

NININ DAMAYANTI

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