Date : 06 Aug 2018
Jakarta, Indonesia, August 6, 2018: Indonesia will field a record number of athletes when they host the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2.
The host nation’s delegation totals 1,383, comprising 938 athletes who will compete in 40 sports, 365 officials and 80 supporting staff.
The team was given an official reception at Istora Senayan Stadium on Sunday led by the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs, Puan Maharani.
“All Indonesia people are with you in mind and spirit,” she said. “Just do your best for the country and
“The Indonesian contingent must be confident that we can make a statement at the international level,” added Puan, who is the daughter of Indonesia’s fifth president, Megawati Soekarnoputri, and grand-daughter of the country’s first president, Soekarno.
Having finished 17th at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, in 2014, with four gold medals, Indonesia is targeting a top 10 finish this time.
To do this they have set a minimum target of 10 gold medals – the same number Qatar achieved in finishing 10th at Incheon 2014 – but will be aiming much higher, with predictions ranging from 16 to 20 gold medals.
Source: The Jakarta Post
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