Olympic Council of Asia highlights support of Indonesian President in Asian Games preparations
The Chairman of the Olympic Council of Asia’s Coordination Committee, Mr Tsunekazu Takeda, praised the leadership of the Indonesian President, H.E. Joko Widodo, in his closing remarks at the ninth and final committee meeting on Wednesday ahead of the 18th Asian Games in August. Mr Takeda said that organising committee INASGOC had worked hard to overcome “many hurdles that needed a lot of attention and coordination.”
He added: “But now it is all going to come together as one piece towards the Asian Games in August. One of the largest Games ever in Asian history is about to take place here in your beautiful cities of Jakarta and Palembang… I would also like to mention one of the assets you have – the strong support and leadership from the central government. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Indonesian President, His Excellency Mr Joko Widodo. His support made a big difference and brought a great leap to the preparations.”
Mr Takeda pointed out the “very strong and influential” contributions of the ministers from not only the central government but also the local governments of Jakarta and Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra province around 1,000km from Jakarta.
The 18th Asian Games will take place from August 18 to September 2 and will involve 10,000 athletes and 5,000 team officials from the OCA’s 45 member National Olympic Committees. There will be 40 sports, 67 disciplines and 463 events for a total of 4,066 medals, plus two demonstration sports.
The final Coordination Committee meeting between OCA and INASGOC covered major issues such as transportation, traffic management, venue construction, accreditation and security. At a press conference following the meeting in the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski – which was built for the 4th Asian Games in Jakarta in 1962 – Mr Takeda described the discussions as “fruitful” and said the OCA was very satisfied with the work of the organising committee.