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Jakarta set to host Asian Games 2018
Publication Date : 08-08-2014
After a thorough assessment, Jakarta in Indonesia is deemed ready to host the Asian Games 2018, an official of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said.
After a meeting with Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at City Hall on Thursday, Wei Jizhong, the honorary vice-president of the OCA, said that Jakarta’s bid to host the second-largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games would soon be approved by the highest authority.
“After two inspections by me on behalf of the OCA, we consider Jakarta as almost ready to host the 2018 Asian Games,” Wei told reporters after the meeting.
“Jakarta infrastructure already met all requirements of the OCA. So the OCA is confident that Indonesia and Jakarta can deliver a wonderful and clean Asian Games in 2018,” he said, adding that the official decision would be made by the General Assembly of the OCA.
“In China we will have an assembly. All decisions will be made by the General Assembly of the OCA,” he said without elaborating further.
Indonesia Olympic Committee (KOI) chairwoman Rita Subowo said that the official announcement would be made during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, which will take place fromSept. 19 to Oct. 4.
“We’ve been invited to attend the council congress prior to the opening of the Incheon Asian Games and then the [Asian Games] flag will be handed to Indonesia at the closing ceremony,” she said.
While Jakarta is set to be the host city, Palembang, South Sumatra, will act as co-host.