Jakarta. The National Paralympic Committee is optimistic that Indonesia will achieve its target of winning at least 17 gold medals in the upcoming 2018 Asian Para Games, which will take place in Jakarta on Oct. 6-13.
"Our target is to rank sixth or seventh, with 17 gold medals. However, we are optimistic that we will exceed this target," National Paralympic Committee chairman Senny Marbun said, as quoted by BeritaSatu.com on Friday (07/09).
Indonesia is scheduled to host the event in October, after its successful hosting of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra, between Aug. 18 and Sept. 2. This time around, the country will welcome nearly 3,000 athletes and 1,800 officials from 43 countries in Asia.
The athletes will compete in 568 events in 18 sports disciplines, such as powerlifting, volleyball and wheelchair basketball.
Indonesia secured 31 gold, 24 silver and 43 bronze medals, which saw it finish in fourth place overall in the medal count of this year's Asian Games. This was Indonesia's best achievement yet in the world's second-largest multisport event.
Hundreds of the country's athletes have undergone intensive training in Solo, Central Java, in preparation for the Asian Para Games since January.
"I want our successful momentum as the host of the Asian Games to continue to the Asian Para Games. We want to give our best as host," President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said at a preparatory meeting for the event on Friday.
He added that people with disabilities should be given free access to watch the various events during the Asian Para Games.
The quadrennial event for athletes with physical disabilities, held after every Asian Games, first took place in Guangzhou, China, in 2010.