Indonesia Ready to Hold Asian Games 2018

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Jakarta, MINA – The Chairman of the Indonesia Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee ((INASGOC), Erick Thohir expressed his optimism that Indonesia will achieve success as host of Asia’s biggest sporting event.

 This is marked by various positive notes achieved by INASGOC at the end of 2017.

He explained the positive note is the completion of the discussion on discipline and match numbers in the Asian Games 2018, followed by the smooth implementation of 25 Test Event “Road to Asian Games 2018”, as well as the fulfillment of target sponsors who are ready to support the Asian Games.

Achievement during the year 2017 was delivered Erick Thohir in “Public Expose, Report on the Development of Asian Games 2018” which was held in Jakarta, Monday (11/12).

“The INASGOC as an organizer has completed a lot of things in 2017. The sports and game numbers are final, the venue prepared by the Ministry of PUPR and the Infrastructure Task Force’s work is more convincing, making us optimistic to carry out other tasks in 2018 that are more challenging, he said.

In addition to sports stakeholders, whether they are from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI), the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI) or representatives of sports organizations, the public expose was also attended by media editorial chiefs, including Ismet Rauf of MINA News Agency, who was one of the partners in making the event successful to be participated by 45 national Olympic committees (NOC) .

Erick explained that the Asian Games which will take place on August 18 – September 2, 2018 will compete match 40 sports in 462 matches. The number of athletes who will compete is estimated to reach approximately 10,000 participants.

The biggest four-year event in the Asian continent will be held in 64 competition venues that spread in Jakarta, Jakarta Suburb, and Palembang.

The existence of sponsors who want to participate in the Asian Games 2018 did not miss from the end-year report. Up to now there are 12 state companies (SOEs) or 13 state-owned enterprises and 13 private companies, plus several local companies in Asian participating countries Games, such as China, bind contracts of cooperation.

“From SOEs, we get Rp 350 billion in cash and Rp 150 billion in value in kind (goods or services). While from the private sector worth 65 million US dollars, or Rp 870 billion and 15.4 million dollars (Rp 200 billion). So the target of Rp 1.1 trillion has been achieved, “he added.

Meanwhile, he is also optimistic as the host, Indonesia will achieve the highest achievement in the big sports party in the Asian continent

So far, the best performance ever achieved by Indonesia is at the 4th Asian Games in 1962. At that time Indonesia won 11 gold, 10 silver and 28 bronze medals and was ranked second behind Japan.

At the 17th SEA Games in Incheon 2014, Indonesia ranked 17th with 4 gold, 5 silver and 11 bronze medals.

The Asian Games were first held in New Delhi, India, in 1951 and first staged in Indonesia in 1962. (L/R04/RS5)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)