Everything 'On Track' Ahead of 2018 Asian Games: VP

Jakarta's Gelora Bung Karno sports complex is under renovation ahead of the 2018 Asian Games. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

By : Amal Ganesha | on 6:47 PM October 04, 2017
Category : Sports, Olympic

Jakarta. Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who oversees the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee, or Inasgoc, said everything is on track in infrastructure development ahead of the 2018 Asian Games, as he inspected the main venue on Tuesday (03/10).

Kalla inspected the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Jakarta to see the construction progress at the venues for hockey, archery, baseball and football. Earlier, the vice president visited the governing bodies for badminton, pencak silat and archery to check if training and preparations also proceed as planned.

Indonesia wants to be among the top 10 countries in the medal tally of the games it will host next year.

"Today, I can assure [everyone] that we shouldn't be worried about the infrastructure and the medal target ... our athletes in archery, pencak silat and badminton will be chasing trophies next year," Kalla said.

The three sports are Indonesia's top disciplines. Archery and badminton have earned Indonesia Olympic medals, while pencak silat, which will be making its debut at the Asian Games next year, is a martial art whose top performers come from Indonesia — its country of origin.

Badminton is Indonesia's most successful sport, with seven Olympic golds.

BLU to Ease State Budget 

Inasgoc chairman Erick Thohir announced a new regulatory achievement, whereby the games organizer can obtain sponsorship through a special public service agency, or BLU, which can raise and use funds easier.

"Inasgoc can't raise and receive money, but BLU can do it. The new agreement with the Olympic Council of Asia allows us to use money from sponsorship deals," Erick said.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati urged Inasgoc and the Ministry of Sports to form BLU to reduce the use of state funds for the Asian Games, which reportedly will wring Rp 4.5 trillion ($338 million) from state coffers.

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