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Sukarno statue at GBK to become Asian Games cauldron

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, May 28, 2018 | 10:08 am
Sukarno statue at GBK to become Asian Games cauldron A view of Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Central Jakarta on Jan. 11. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

A newly installed statue of first president Sukarno will serve as the fire cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Central Jakarta on Aug. 18.

At the opening ceremony, the torch relay of the Asiad flame will light the cauldron to mark the beginning of the largest sporting event in Asia.

INASGOC deputy II of games operations Francis Wanandi said the current position of the statue at the stadium was not final, but it would remain at the sports complex in Central Jakarta after the Games closed on Sept. 2.

"The statue will be our cauldron [for the Asian Games]," Francis said on Sunday.

The Games are slated to start on Aug. 18 and end on Sept. 2 in Jakarta and Palembang. It will be its 18th installment and the second time for Indonesia to host the event.  

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A video of the statue's installation was uploaded by Instagram account @hendrix_erik on Thursday and as of Sunday evening the Instagram post had been viewed over 36,500 times.

The Games torch relay will begin on Aug. 15 in New Delhi, India, the host of the first Games.

The torch will be taken to Mrapen, Central Java, to be fused with an eternal flame to start the national relay. The flame will travel to 53 cities in the country before ending the journey at GBK. (ami/wit)

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