Asian Games 2018

Asian Games - Immigration office deports intruder to Chinese Taipei

Asian Games - Immigration office deports intruder to Chinese Taipei

Director General for Immigration Ronny F Sompie (Istimewa)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A Chinese Taipei national was deported by the Indonesian immigration office on Wednesday for disrupting the paragliding event at the Asian Games 2018.

"We have deported Elsa Mai, a Chinese Taipei national, aboard a China Airline CI 762, from Soekarno Hatta International Airport at 12.30 local time. Mai disrupted the 18th Asian Games paragliding event," a spokesman of the Directorate General of Immigration, Agung Sampurno, said in a statement here on Wednesday.

Mai used the identity of an Asian Games official. She managed to participate in an informal event, including the technical meeting on August 18, despite not being an athlete or an official at the event.

Sampurno said on August 20, Mai entered the paragliding venue in Puncak resort area in Bogor, West Java. She provoked all the participants to reject the official results of the International Technical Officer and National Technical Officer (ITO/NTO).

The competition manager then sent her away from the venue for disrupting the game.

On August 21, the authorities foiled her attempt to enter the paragliding landing spot at Gunung Mas tea plantation and sent her back to the hotel, but she tried to enter the take off spot.

"We have proof Mai has been using other people`s accreditation cards to enter the athletes` camps, disturbing the event, provoking participants to reject the officers` results, and intentionally breaking the law. This is a threat to the safety of the athletes and officials of the paragliding sport," he remarked.

"Three immigration officials took Mai on August 21 at 10.00 local time and detained her at the Bogor immigration office," he said.

According to the manager of the paragliding venue of the Asian Games 2018, Wahyu, Mai is a member of Chinese Taipei`s paragliding federation but is not listed as an official.

She came to Indonesia at her own expense.

Reporting by Adi Lazuardi
Editing by Sri Haryati, Yoseph