Give disabled people free access to Para Games, says Jokowi

Marguerite Afra Sapiie

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta

Jakarta, posted: Fri, September 7, 2018 | 03:03 pm

A Paralympic athlete kisses the national flag as Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi (right) looks on during a ceremony in Karanganyar, Central Java.(Antara/Maulana Surya)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has requested that people with disabilities be given free access to watch the Asian Para Games, which will be held in Jakarta from Oct. 6 to 13.

During a meeting to discuss preparations for the Games at the Bogor Palace on Friday, Jokowi conveyed his expectation that as the host country, Indonesia would provide the best service to the 2,888 athletes and 1,826 officials from the 42 participating countries.

"I request that free access be granted to people with disabilities to watch all the events at the Asian Para Games," Jokowi said.

He also urged the Indonesian Asian Para Games Organizing Committee (INAPGOC) to learn from the experience gained by the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC), which ran a successful Asian Games.

INAPGOC chairman Raja Sapta Oktohari said it would immediately coordinate with the Social Affairs Ministry to follow up on the President's request.

People with disabilities would be facilitated by their respective communities to gain free access to watch the events at the Games, Raja added.

"We will create a ticketing scheme but will [cooperate] with [disabled community] groups first to ensure that tickets will land up in the right hands," he said.

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