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Bekasi soccer stadium full of graffiti a month before Asian Games

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, July 10, 2018 | 01:02 pm
Bekasi soccer stadium full of graffiti a month before Asian Games The wall that surrounds the Patriot Candrabhaga soccer stadium in Bekasi, West Java, is covered in graffiti. The stadium is one of four in Jakarta that will be used for soccer. (Warta Kota/Muhammad Azzam)

Residents are lamenting the vandalized wall that surrounds Bekasi's Patriot Candrabhaga soccer stadium, a venue for the 2018 Asian Games, which begins next month. 

Graffiti and scribbles can be seen along the 200-meter wall that surrounds the stadium.

"[The graffiti] is not even artistic. It would be embarrassing if Asian Games visitors saw this vandalized wall," said a resident, Primasari, as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com on Monday. 

The wall should be repainted or covered, she added. 

The Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) selected four stadiums as soccer venues for the Games. Thirty-two teams will be competing in the sport. Alongside the Patriot stadium, Pakansari Stadium in Bogor, Wibawa Mukti Stadium in Cikarang and Bandung Lautan Api Stadium in Bandung will also host matches.  

Read also: Long commute on cards for soccer fans at Asian Games  

Bekasi Artist Forum, a community of artists specializing in 3D art, suggested that murals be painted on the wall.  

"We can redecorate the wall with 3D murals," said the group's head, Yeksa Sarkeh Candra. 

"It would not take long for us to convert the graffiti to 3D murals. It's relatively cheap too," Yeksa said. (rfa/wit)

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