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Jakarta Post

RI enters critical period in Asian Games preparation

  • Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 2 2017   /  12:17 am

Against the clock: A velodrome — an indoor cycling stadium — is under construction in Rawamangun, East Jakarta, on Wednesday. The velodrome, which covers 9.5 hectares of land, is expected to be completed next May for the 2018 Asian Games.(JP/Dicky Christanto)With less than nine months until the 2018 Asian Games officially kicks off, the Indonesian government faces a challenge to complete the construction of various sporting venues and its supporting infrastructure.

Djoko Pekik Irianto, a sport scientist at Yogyakarta State University, said the government has entered a critical period, as most of the construction should have been completed, and now should be the time to organize a series of test events to discover problems and then resolve them.

“We have spent so much to reach this point. So let’s not waste any more time and focus hard on finishing the construction s...