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President ‘Jokowi’ says 2018 Asian Games is a matter of pride

Date : 18 Dec 2016

Jakarta, Indonesia, December 17, 2016: The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, has called for “maximum efforts” in the preparations for the Olympic Council of Asia’s 18th Asian Games in 2018. Writing in the first edition of the organising committee’s official magazine, Energy of Asia, “Jokowi” says there is no time to lose as Indonesia prepares to hold the continent’s largest multi-sport event for the first time since 1962.

“As President, I urge all preparations must proceed on time because it is a question of our pride and will underline Indonesia’s capability in hosting the Games,” he writes.

“For the success of the Games, the government of Indonesia focuses on three main topics, namely infrastructure readiness, the competitiveness of Indonesian athletes and transportation facilities between Jakarta and Palembang, the two cities that will be hosting the Asian Games.”

President Widodo said it was important to make progress in all aspects of preparation to avoid any obstacles in the countdown to the Asiad, which will run from August 18 to September 2, 2018. “That is why I have instructed to hold a weekly meeting to evaluate the progress of the preparations in order to pay attention to details, since the time is near.”

Describing the Asian Games as “a gigantic international event”, the President has instructed all related institutions and the organising committee to plan carefully and accelerate the development of infrastructure such as the new Terminal 3 at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, LRT and other transport networks, as well as the Athletes’ Village.

“I call on all parties to work quickly since there is still time to check and recheck. Hopefully this great event is held with maximum efforts,” he concluded. On December 2, President Widodo visited the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Senayan, Jakarta, and said the government had allocated Rp 3.5 trillion (USD 259 million) for renovation work, which is expected to be finished by November 2017.

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