Jakarta. Maximum security will be provided to athletes, sports officials and supporters during the 2018 Asian Games, National Police deputy chief Comm. Gen. Syafruddin said on Friday (01/06).
Thousands of participants from 45 countries are expected to compete for 463 gold medals in 40 sports and 67 disciplines during the pan-Asian multisport event, which will take place between Aug. 18 and Sept. 2 in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra. Indonesia will be hosting the games for the second time since 1962.
"We will deploy about 200,000 members of a joint security force … The National Police have prepared 22,000 officers, while the military 50,000 as a backup in Jakarta," Syafruddin told the Jakarta Globe.
Syafruddin, who also leads the Indonesian team during the games, said that every national contingent will be escorted by the police's Mobile Brigade (Brimob) and intelligence officers.
Their supporters, who are expected to reach 150,000, will also be accompanied by officers from where they stay to the games they attend, Syafruddin said.
Last month, several terrorist attacks shook Indonesia, raising security fears for the upcoming sporting event.
The attacks began on May 8, when convicted terrorists at the Mobile Brigade detention center in Depok, West Java, instigated a riot. Days later, suicide bombers targeted churches in Surabaya and police in Sidoarjo, East Java, and in Riau, North Sumatra.
The attacks made in 14 countries issue travel warnings on Indonesia. Among them were Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Hong Kong, which participate in the games.
The National Police, the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT), the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN), the Ministry of Sports and the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc) are closely cooperating on security strategies for the event.
BNPT chief Suhardi Alius announced last month that a "zero attack, zero accident" policy will be implemented, borrowing South Korea's security slogan for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
"Indonesia is confident about its security measures, despite the recent events … Fortunately, the participating countries now have the same confidence," Syafruddin said.