The Gelora Bung Karno complex, which was built in the 1960s when Jakarta hosted the 1962 Asian Games, will require a major overhaul for the 2018 Asian Games. (ANTARA Photo/Wahyu Putro A)

Indonesia to Renovate Its Sports Facilities Ahead of the 2018 Asian Games

BY :PUTRA PERMATA TEGAR

JANUARY 29, 2015

The Gelora Bung Karno complex, which was built in the 1960s when Jakarta hosted the 1962 Asian Games, will require a major overhaul for the 2018 Asian Games. (ANTARA Photo/Wahyu Putro A)

Jakarta. Upon completing its assessment of a recent Jakarta visit, the Olympic Council of Asia sent Indonesia one simple message: focus on renovating.

As part of its efforts to prepare Indonesia for its role of 2018 Asian Games host, an OCA delegation descended upon a number of sports facilities in and around the capital — namely the Jakarta International Expo in Kemayoran, North Jakarta;  the Indonesia Convention and Exhibition in Bumi Serpong Damai, Tangerang; and Gelora Bung Karno sports complex, South Jakarta — for a routine inspection.

The Jakarta International Expo will be used to host martial arts events while BSD’s Indonesia Convention and Exhibition will host competitions for volleyball, basketball and handball.

“Indonesia needs to show its commitment in an authentic way as there are many venues that need to be renovated. The main task for Indonesia now is renovation,” said Wei Jizhong, honorary life vice president of the OCA.

Two facilities the country still lacks are a velodrome, an arena for track cycling, and an Asiad-standard swimming pool.

The Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) initially proposed the Jakabaring Aquatic Stadium in Palembang, South Sumatra, but the venue was deemed unsuitable for the large scope of a regional event such as the Asian Games.

“[The] swimming pool in Palembang is good but it doesn’t meet our requirements. It’s not an indoor venue and the capacity is not as big as we want,” Wei said.

A major overhaul will also be needed for Gelora Bung Karno, which was built in 1960 ahead of Jakarta’s hosting of the 1962 Asian Games.

KOI president Rita Subowo promised that Indonesia was ready to renovate the historical complex.

“Though it’s a historical site, we may have to make renovation there. We will do this to meet requirements set by the OCA,” Rita said.

The 2018 Asiad, which is scheduled for Aug. 18-Sept.2, 2018, will include 34 sports, with Indonesia hoping to add four more — wall climbing, paragliding, bowling and artistic roller-skating.

The country will also host 12 sporting events in the lead-up to the regional competition, Rita added.

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