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Asian Games can strengthen sports exchanges, says Indonesia NOC

Date : 22 Mar 2018

Macau, China, March 22, 2018: A leading Indonesian sports official believes that the Asian Games Fun Run in Macau, China, on Sunday will strengthen relations between the two National Olympic Committees and lead to further cooperation and sports exchanges. Speaking at a Fun Run press conference at the offices of the Macau SAR Government Sports Bureau on Thursday, Hellen Sarita de Lima, Secretary General of the Indonesian Olympic Committee, said the upcoming events would bring the two NOCs closer.

“We are still preparing for the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2, 2018, and this is a very good time to promote sport in our country and also to encourage people to visit us and have a successful Asian Games,” said Mrs de Lima. “I hope that, through this event in Indonesia, we can make friends with other countries and have exchange camps in different sports.

“This is a chance for you to visit Indonesia. The competitions will be very attractive and we hope that the young people in Macau who will support the Fun Run on Sunday will take the time to visit Indonesia. We encourage Macau to become close to Indonesia and have exchanges with Indonesia.”

Mrs de Lima added that the venues for the 40 sports and 462 events were 90 per cent complete and that organisers had learned a lot from a multi-sport test event held last month in Jakarta.

She said that the priority for the next four months would be to focus on preparing for the Opening Ceremony on August 18, to complete the venues to 100 per cent, to re-check the amenities in the new Athletes’ Village and to finalise transportation in the two co-host cities – at the direct request of the President of the Republic, Mr Joko Widodo. 

The Olympic Council of Asia, in collaboration with Asian Games organising committee INASGOC and the NOCs throughout the continent, is hosting a series of Fun Runs to promote the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, capital of South Sumatra province, this August. The Macau leg will see 800 students taking part in a 2km fun run, with the start and finish inside Macau Stadium, on Sunday morning.

The President of the Sports and Olympic Committee of Macau, China, Mr Charles Lo, welcomed the guests from OCA and INASGOC and outlined the fun run route with a slide presentation. There will also be souvenir T-shirts, certificates and medals for the participants on Sunday.

On behalf of the OCA, Mr Jian Zhou said  the OCA had been organising Fun Runs to promote the Asian Games since Doha 2006 and they had become a popular part of the build-up, not only providing details of the upcoming Games but also encouraging the youngsters to lead a healthy and active lifestyle and to promote a community spirit.

The top table guests at the press conference also included Wissam Trkmani and Elena Hristova from the OCA and the President of the Macau Sports Bureau, Pun Weng Kun. After the press conference, Mr Pun said Macau would be sending around 120 athletes in 16 sports to the 18th Asian Games, with wushu, karate and taekwondo among the best medal chances. He also has plans to visit Palembang for the bowling and triathlon, too.

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