Date : 13 Jun 2018
Jakarta, Indonesia, June 13, 2018: As Indonesia goes into holiday mode to mark the end of Ramadan, Asian Games organisers are confident that another nationwide celebration is just around the corner. “Our spirit is high,” said the Secretary-General of organising committee INASGOC, Mr Eris Herryanto, on Wednesday – the eve of the five-day Eid-al-Fitri holidays for the 500 staff. “I think everyone will have the same feeling as me – that, after the holiday, the Asian Games is two months away and we will do our best. We are working seven days a week, sometimes up until midnight.”
Mr Herryanto said everyone connected with the 18th Asian Games felt the responsibility of putting on a good show for the people of Indonesia, Asia and the Olympic movement – and that government ministries and district offices were rallying round the cause to reach the people.
“This is the first time we have organised such a large, international multi-sport event,” he added. “We have hosted the South East Asian Games before - and the 4th Asian Games in 1962 - but this is really different and new. There are a lot of things to prepare and regulations; it is much more complicated for this event.
“Regarding the preparation of the infrastructure, we did it – and now we are concentrating on organising the Games and the management of the Games.” Organisers are preparing to welcome 10,000 athletes and 5,000 officials from the Olympic Council of Asia’s 45 National Olympic Committees for the 18th Asian Games, which will run from August 18 to September 2 in co-host cities Jakarta and Palembang, capital of South Sumatra province.
There will be 40 sports, 67 disciplines and 463 events, plus two demonstration sports.“We have 93 venues altogether in Jakarta and Palembang - 73 for competition and 20 for training,” added the Secretary-General.
“At the Minus 100 Days countdown, we had already received all the venues and they were being operated by us. This handover is very important so the teams can understand the venue. “The overlay of the stadiums, and bringing in all the equipment, will start by the end of June and will be finished by the end of July. After that we can conduct venue management exercises and simulation ahead of the Asian Games.
“The overlay has been planned since last year, so it is a matter of turning the preparation into execution.”
INASGOC already employs 500 core staff, and this figure will jump to 50,000 at Games time with the addition of 13,000 volunteers, between 20,000 and 30,000 security staff and other workforce in four venue clusters, including Palembang. “The preparations are running well overall,” said Mr Herryanto. “If a small problem happens we can solve it right away. I can say that we are now prepared to have the Asian Games.”
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