Agence France Presse reported that Indonesia has postponed the Islamic Solidarity Games, due to be held in June, until October. The organisers acted after construction workers closed the main stadium – in Pekanbaru on Sumatra island – in protest at not being paid in full. AFP reported that organising committee secretary Timbul Thomas Lubis said the games would now be held sometime in October as sub-contractors hired to build the main stadium were angry as they were owed 400 billion rupiah ($41.2 million).
They refuse to open the stadium for the games until they are paid in full,
he said, adding that funds had been prepared so sub-contractors should receive their payment soon.