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All Things You Should Know about Jakarta-Palembang 18th Asian Games 2018


Sports fans around Asia and across the world will turn their attention to Indonesia as the country hosts more than 1,500 athletes at the biggest and most prestigious sports event, the Asian Games. For the fist time ever, the 18th Asia Games will take place in two Indonesian cities, Jakarta and Palembang, from 18 August to 2 September. This is the second time that Indonesia has hosted the games. It last played host in 1962.  India was host to the first Asian Games in 1951, followed by the Philippines in 1954 and Japan in 1958.

Indonesia Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee (INASGOC), the official committee shaped by Indonesia government after Indonesia was named host,  is responsible for the planning, preparation and organising of the event including a focus on the completion of the revitalsation of venues. The theme, “Energy of Asia” reflects a strong energy in promoting the country. Indonesia states that the 18th Asian Games is ready to be held and invites all Asians athletes and fans to bring their energy here!

Torch Festival
The DKI Jakarta Provincial Government will hold the Torch Festival ahead of the Asian Games 2018 to welcome the event. The festival will take place in five areas of the city and Kepulauan Seribu that consists of 44 sub-districts and 267 urban communities from 1 to 15 July. The festival is going to be the prelude of the torch relay. The torch is a replica that will be carried to every urban community by six squad runners. One team consists of 11 people assembled from community leaders, youth or students.

The torch bearer will be accompanied by a procession for 500 meters before the torch is submitted to the next team. The event will begin in South and East Jakarta and then continue on to West and Central Jakarta. The last festival will be in North Jakarta and Kepulauan Seribu. The torch relay of the Asian Games itself will be held from 15 July to 17 August through 53 regencies and cities in Indonesia.

Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Gelora Bung Karno Grand Stadium (GBKGS) in Jakarta will have a spectacular stage enlivened by 5,500 performers and 141 musicians for around 3 hours. It will show the diversity of Indonesia with great visual effects, colossal music and musics that describe the slogan: “Power and Energy of the Nation”.

The opening ceremony on 18 August will be held at the same time as the peak of the torch relay which was carried from the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on 17 July. The ceremony will involve 4,241 local manpower and 233 foreign manpower. The closing ceremony will feature international singers and a special ceremony for the handover to the next host.

Participants, Sports Categories and Venues
All 45 country members affiliated with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) have confirmed participation including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Independent Olympic Athletes (Kuwait), Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Korea (South Korea), Saudi Arabia, Laos, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Palestine, DPR Korea (North Korea), Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Timor Leste, Chinese Taipei, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen.

Judo, as one of the medal sport in Asian Games.

There will be 462 events in 40 sports categories to be competed in the games. These include: Aquatics, Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball & Softball, Basketball, Bowling, Boxing, Bridge, Canoe/Kayak, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Jet Ski, Judo, Kabaddi, Karate, Martial Arts, Modern Pentathlon, Paragliding, Roller Sport, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Sepak Takraw, Shooting, Sport Climbing, Squash, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.

Besides GBKGS as the heart of games venue, Jakabaring Sport City in Palembang, South Sumatra and various venues in West Java and Banten will be ready to support the event.

Mascots and Logo
Indonesia will introduce three mascots featuring the country’s most famous indigenous animals. Bhin Bhin representing strategy in the shape of the fabulous Cendrawasih or Bird of Paradise wearing a vest with distinct Papuan Asmat ethnic motif. Atung representing speed in the shape of the swift Bawean Deer wearing a sarong with the traditional tumpal motif from Jakarta. And Kaka representing strength which is the One Horned Rhino wearing a scarf with traditional flower motif typical from Palembang.

Asian Games 2018 is represented by Indonesian unique animals.

The logo with slogan “Energy of Asia” depicts the GBKGS with the sun in the centre being the symbol of the Asian Games. It illustrates three main aspects; Asia, Sport and Indonesia. The soul of the slogan itself is embedded in the diversity of cultures, languages and history which are fused together creating a powerful energy boosting the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship.

Beginning 30 June, people can buy tickets online and offline. The tickets can be ordered and bought on the official website or at Before purchasing tickets, registration is required per the international requirements. The personal data is in the form of identity card for one person per ID card.

A phone number and email confirmation are required to redeem the ticket purchase. The ticket is an electronic ticket with a QR code and can be exchanged for a physical ticket or bracelet ticket. The electronic one can be exchanged at Alfamart, banks (BRI, BNI and Mandiri) or ordered via ojek online and paid for via bank transfer or by Grab or GoPay.

For offline options, the tickets can be bought at FX Sudirman, Gandaria City, Pacific Place, Plaza Indonesia, Kota Kasablanka, Central Park, Bintaro Exchange, Pondok Indah Mall, Senayan City and Mal Puri Indah. Or in pop-up stores like in airports and train stations, as well as ticket boxes in all over venues in Jakarta and Palembang. Each ticket costs from IDR 30,000 and average IDR 100,000.

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