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Asian Para Games: Closing ceremony to honor athletes' fighting spirit

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sat, October 13, 2018 | 09:41 am
Asian Para Games: Closing ceremony to honor athletes' fighting spirit City sparks: Fireworks enliven the opening of the third Asian Para Games at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Saturday. (Photo below) In good spirits: Members of Palestine’s contingent appear during the opening ceremony of the third Asian Para Games at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Saturday. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

A music and art performance that will boast the richness of Indonesia’s cultures is set to greet spectators at the closing ceremony of the third edition of the 2018 Asian Para Games, which will be held at the Madya Stadium, Gelora Bung Karno sporting complex, on Saturday. It will honor and celebrate the athletes’ fighting spirit. 

As many as 18,000 spectators are expected to attend the ceremony, which starts at 6 p.m.

The Indonesia Asian Para Games Organizing Committee (INAPGOC) said Vice President Jusuf Kalla would attend the event, adding that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had planned to attend but he had yet to confirm.  

The theme of the closing ceremony is We Are One Wonder. 

It would tell the stories of the athletes who won medals at the Games, said Aulia Mahariza, the director of ceremonies and INAPGOC ceremonies producer.

“The closing ceremony will celebrate the great achievements of the athletes. They proved that when we united, amazing things happen,” Aulia added.

The event will be jointly hosted by Daniel Mananta and Ary Kirana. Momo, the Asian Para Games mascot, will also join them on stage. 

The inspiring athletes’ fighting spirit will be displayed in a video that will be screened at the event. 

Then Asian Paralympic flag will be handed over to the representatives of the Hangzhou administration, where the 2020 Asian Para Games will be held. 

Singers, such as Allafta Hirzi Sodiq and Naura, will enliven the ceremony by singing “Juara” (The Winner), which is the official song of the Games. 

Sherly Sheinafia, Claudya Fritsca, Judika, Rio Febrian, Cokelat and the Netral band will also be performing. 

 “We feel so proud and honored to participate in the closing ceremony. Despite the short notice [from the committee], we will try to give our best performance,” Jackline Rossy, Cokelat’s singer, said. 

The band would perform in Indonesian traditional wear to introduce Indonesian culture to international viewers, she said. 

South Korean star AOA will also perform at the closing ceremony. 

The National Police will deploy 7,000 personnel to secure the event and INAPGOC will deploy 300 officials.

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