Jakarta, Indonesia: The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) conducted the eighth Co-ordination Committee meeting for the 18th Asian Games with the organising committee, INASGOC, in the two co-host cities here and Palembang.
The competition will run from August 18 to September 2 and will involve 10,000 athletes from the OCA’s 45 member National Olympic Committees in 40 sports and 462 events.
It will be the first time the Games has been held in co-host cities, and the first time for Jakarta to host the Asian Games since the fourth edition in 1962.
“We have discussed in detail the progress of the event. We are very satisfied with what we have seen in both Palembang and Jakarta,” said Chairman of the OCA’s Coordination Committee Takeda, who is also the President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and an IOC Member. “We have emphasised that we are in operational and implementation mode and that the planning phase is over.”
Eleven of the sports will be held at the Jakabaring Sports City in Palembang, which is an hour’s flight from Jakarta.
The complex includes the Athletes’ Village and has experience of hosting international multi-sport games, including the 26th South East Asian (SEA) Games in 2011.
The occasion of the 8th CC meeting also included two more landmark events: the presentation of the official uniform for the invitational tournament in February and for the Asian Games, and a football match between Indonesia and Iceland on Sunday to mark the inauguration of the newly refurbished Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Main Stadium.
The opening ceremony on August 18 and closing ceremony on September 2 will both be held at the GBK Main Stadium.