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Jakarta Post

Jokowi opens new 2018 Asian Games venues in Jakarta

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 2, 2017   /   05:11 pm
Jokowi opens new 2018 Asian Games venues in Jakarta President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo prepares to speak at the opening event of four venues for the 2018 Asian Games. (INASGOC/INASGOC)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo officially opened the four newly renovated venues at the Gelora Bung Karno sporting complex in Senayan, Jakarta, on Saturday. The venues will be used for the 2018 Asian Games next year.

The venues comprise a field hockey arena, an ABC soccer field, archery grounds and an aquatics complex. The renovation cost Rp 370 billion (US$27,343,000).

"I hereby open the new field hockey arena, ABC soccer field, archery ground and aquatics complex. Thank you." Jokowi said during the event.

Jokowi singled out the aquatics complex that has been certified by world body FINA as "the best venue."

Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc) chief Erick Thohir said the opening event by the president had boosted the organizers' spirit to work harder.

"We're currently holding a test event on 3x3 basketball and next week we will also have an aquatics test event.

"With today's event, we have to work harder for the upcoming Games," said Erick in a statement.

The 2018 Games, dubbed as the biggest multisporting event in Asia, will be held from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2. (nkn)