Asian Games 2018: The Largest Sports Event in Asia
Buckle up! The official countdown for Asian Games 2018 has begun. On August 2017, Indonesian President Joko Widodo showed his archery skill by firing an arrow into a target, starting the countdown. After 4 years of hiatus, Asian Games 2018 will return for its 18th times as spectacular Indonesia event from 18 August to 2 September. The event will take place in two cities, Jakarta and Palembang in South Sumatra. All main events will be held in Jakarta, marking its second time as Asian Games host venue since 1962.
About The Asian Games 2018
The Asian Games 2018 is organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) which headquarters are based in Kuwait. In order to participate, each team shall be appointed by their National Olympic Committee. There are 45 countries eligible to join the Asian Games as members of the OCA.
Historically, the establishment of Asian Games was influenced after the end of World War II. Many Asian countries who finally declared their independence have desires to create a new type of competition. The goal is to express Asian dominance in a non-violent way, through displaying the spirit of unity and level of achievement through a multinational sports event. Later, the Asian Games was started in 1950, with New Delhi announced as the first host city.
For competition fields, Asian Games 2018 will feature 484 events in 42 sports including martial arts, cycling, swimming, and much more. Although there are reductions in the programme due to the cost concerns, which dropped cricket, belt wrestling, surfing, and sambo, a new type of sport are also introduced. This years’ event will feature E-sport, a form of competition where athletes are competing for each other in video games tournament.
The OCA Director General, Mr. Husain Al Musallam outlines his hope for the upcoming Asian Games. “Once again the Asian Games will bring together the youth of Asia in a celebration of elite sport and friendship, and promote peace, tolerance, and understanding,” The Asian Games 2018 is expected to be the second largest international sports event behind the Olympics.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian government is working for major refurbishments to ensure all venues are ready during the event. This includes accelerating the construction of Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), building 25 kilometers routes of the Palembang Light Rail Transit from the airport to Jakabaring sports city center, and renovating existed stadiums to its highest standard. This is all perfected to create safe environment and facilities for contending athletes, so they can give their best performance in the future.
With the theme “Energy of Asia”, the philosophy of Asian Games 2018 roars about Asia’s friendly relationship through sport, as well introducing Indonesia in the international society. The Asian Games’ mascots are inspired by residing endemic animals from Indonesia’s three regions. Their characters are Ika, a one-horn rhinoceros that symbolizes strength, Atung, a deer from Bawean that represent agility, and Bhin-Bhin, an elegant cendrawasih bird symbolizes strategy. Through these characters, Indonesia tries to showcase their motto relating with “Unity in Diversity”
Considering the current development progress and updates, the Asian Games 2018 will be a multisports event that drawing lots of attendees. 45 countries, 10.000 participants, and hundreds of venues, there are plenty of activities await to be seen in next year. Book your seats now to watch your favorite team and enjoy a relaxing holiday in the beautiful islands of Indonesia. As Bali travel agency, Tourfrombali.com can help you with arranging all your needs from accommodations, Indonesia tour packages for Sumatra Island until organizing sports events simillar with Asian Games 2018.
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