THE 2018 Asian Games is set to become the largest in history in terms of number of events when Indonesia hosts Asia’s quadrennial meet next year.
According to a recent communiqué from the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee to different national Olympic committees and national sports associations including the Philippines, next year’s Asian Games will have 495 events across 41 sports that includes Olympic, Asian, and non-traditional sports —surpassing Guangzhou’s 476 events in 2010. In 2014, Incheon had 439 events in 39 sports.
The Asian Games in Indonesia, which will be held in Jakarta and Palembang, will run from August 18 to September 2.
Meanwhile, Indonesia Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani said preparations are ongoing for the Asian Games, including the renovation of the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex.
Maharani said the renovation of the said sports complex located in Jakarta will be completed by October 2017, while the main Athletes Village in Kemayoran will be finished by June 2017.
In Palembang, the co-host located in South Sumatra, works are also underway with the completion targeted for the end of 2017.
“The government is prepared and already is doing everything on track. The government, the Indonesian Olympic Committee, the organizing committee INASGOC and the people of Indonesia are working together for the success of the Asian Games,” said Maharani in a press statement.