JAKARTA, Indonesia AP — Indonesia is deployingpolice and soldiers to provide security for the Asian Games, the biggest event ever held in its terror attack prone capital Jakarta, parts of which have been dramatically spruced up as the city readies to welcome tens of thousands of athletes and visitors. The 18th Asian Games, which run until Sept. About 12, athletes, support staff and officials and 5, journalists are expected.
Widodo states country can host 'even bigger event' after meeting IOC heads. Since Aug. Should Indonesia get the opportunity to host the Summer Olympics, it would become the fourth Asian country to do so, after Japan, China and South Korea.
From to they were held every year exceptas it was a year of Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. From onwards, they have been held every two years except for some occasions. Init was decided in the 32nd meeting of South Asian Sports Council to rename the games from South Asian Federation Games to South Asian Games as the officials believed the word Federation was diminishing the emphasis on event and acting as a barrier in attracting crowd.
The Games received names like First Asiad and Asiad. A total of athletes representing 11 Asian National Olympic Committees NOCs participated in 57 events from eight sports and discipline. The Asiad were originally scheduled to be held inbut postponed until due to delays in preparations. On 13 Februarythe Asian Games Federation was formally established in Delhi, with Delhi unanimously announced as the first host city of the Asian Games.
Indonesia, which originally finished second in the bid, was considered as the strongest replacement candidate and eventually awarded the rights amid the games. Surabayathe city put forward during the bid, was replaced by Jakarta and Palembang, having hosted the Southeast Asian Games together. For the first time, the Summer Asian Games were co-hosted by two cities; the Indonesian capital of Jakarta which was hosting the Games for the first time sinceand Palembang, the capital of the South Sumatra province.
Rikako Ikee, center, and other Japanese athletes and officials during the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on Sept. The opening ceremony two weeks ago was highly choreographed, but the athletes starred in most of the closing pomp as they sang and danced on the infield at the Bung Karno stadium during a persistent shower, the first rain in Jakarta for a month. You did it.
The Asian Games mascots are fictional charactersusually an animal native to the area or human figures, who represent the cultural heritage of the place where the Asian Games are taking place. The mascots are often used to help market the Asian Games to a younger audience. Every Asian Games since has its own mascot.
What the first thing every federation with medal-winning past must do, with support from the BOA and the sponsors, is to start the training camps immediately at home and send their best athletes to the modern academies abroad. The other vital initiatives should be given more importance, like bringing in qualified coaches, ensuring minimum modern facilities, arranging domestic tournaments and participating in as many international competitions as they can afford. The best places where they can take the Asiad lessons to the SA Games are from the improved performances of disciplines like football, hockey and archery, especially from the young booters of the Olympic football team, who fought bravely against all those higher-ranked opponents to make it to the knockout stage for the first ever time in history.
The Games will also include athletes from Oceania for the first time after the approval from Olympic Council of Asia OCA to compete in sports which qualify for the Summer Olympics through Asia, including volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, football and fencing. The Chinese Olympic Committee confirmed that Hangzhou submitted a bid, and is the only city to declare the candidacy in August According to the proposal, NingboShaoxing and Huzhou will also be the part of competition venues.