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Jakarta Post

Asian Games: Swimmer Siman to carry Indonesian flag at opening ceremony

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 18, 2018   /   05:16 pm
Asian Games: Swimmer Siman to carry Indonesian flag at opening ceremony This photo, taken on Aug. 15, shows an aerial view of Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. (AFP/Fred Dufour)

Indonesia swimmer I Gede Siman Sudartawa and fellow countryman and basketball player Arki Wisnu will carry the Indonesian flag and recite the Asian Games oath, respectively, during the opening ceremony at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Saturday. The US$55 million ceremony is slated to commence at 7 p.m.   

Indonesian Swimming Association (PRSI) head of sports development Wisnu Wardhana said Siman was selected as the flag bearer because of his storied career.

“His achievements are outstanding and he is included on the list of the 15 best swimmers in the world. There is a chance that he will claim a gold medal in the Asian Games for the first time in 28 years,” Wisnu told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

Siman won gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games in 2011 and 2017, Wisnu added.  

Meanwhile, New York-born basketball player Arki will recite the Asian Games oath during the ceremony, acting secretary-general for the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) Helen Sarita said.

Arki, the captain of the national basketball team, was named the Indonesian Basketball League's (IBL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2017. (yan)