The 18th Asian Games in Indonesia: A Look at the VenuesSport
As the 18th Asian Games 2018 are coming closer, the Indonesian government is speeding up the construction of infrastructure to support the biggest sport events this year. Asian contingents will compete at the international standard arena after various minor to large-scale remodeling constructions.
Various preparations are underway to ensure that the venues will be ready on 18 August, when the Asian Games will officially be opened in Jakarta. According to the Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta,three special infrastructure projects will be completed over the next couple of months, namely the light rail transit (LRT), the velodrome in Rawamangun and the equestrian park in Pulomas.
PT Jakarta Propertindo, which handles these major projects, has stated that the construction of the velodrom and the equestrian park in Pulo Mas will be finished in May 2018, whereas the LRT project is predicted to be completed in July, as the rainy season might possibly inhibit the construction.
Jakarta Smart City has released an updated video of the venues in Jakarta and Palembang that have been upgraded to fit international standards. Let’s take a closer look!
Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (SUGBK). To support the 2018 Asian Games, SUGBK claims to have complied with FIFA's five-star standard, supported by new facilities, including single seats in the colour of the Indonesian flag. SUGBK now also features CCTV with the ability to detect faces, while the grass on the pitch has been changed to “zoysia matrella”, according to FIFA standard.
Istora Senayan. Istora Senayan has undergone a complete overhaul, including the hall for badminton. Various facilities of international standard have been prepared, including single seats. The hall has a capacity for 7000 spectators, while the whole venue has been upgraded to be disability-friendly.
Jakarta International Velodrome Rawamangun. The velodrome has been transformed into an international arena. The roof includes a steel frame coated with a membrane and was made with imported timber from Siberia. The Jakarta International Velodrome Rawamangun has a capacity of 3000 seats and has received a certification from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
Aquatic Stadium, Gelora Bung Karno. Certified by the International Aquatic Federation (FINA), the aquatic stadium is an international standard sport venue consisting of three swimming pools with a length of 50 metres, as well as a beautiful diving pool 25 x 21 metres deep. It was designed with a semi-indoor roof, equipped with the illusion of water waves and with a length of 83.6 metres.
Jakabaring Sport City, Palembang. As host city for the 2018 Asian Games, Palembang has been renovating the integrated sport facility complex Jakabaring Sport City at several venues, including for rowing, shooting and beach volleyball. Jakabaring Sport City will also facilitate the mobility of athletes from the athlete’s village and surrounding hotels to the venues, which are all in the same area.
The 18th Asian Games will feature hundreds of events in 37 sports, consisting of 28 Olympic sports, four Asian sports, and five additional sports from the host country. 45 countries will participate in the Asian Games 2018.