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Jakarta Post

Asian Games: Seven contingents farewell Palembang

  • Yulia Savitri

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang, South Sumatra   /   Fri, August 31, 2018   /   07:09 pm
Asian Games: Seven contingents farewell Palembang The athletes village at Jakabaring Sports City in Palembang, South Sumatra, is adorned with flags of nations competing in the 18th Asian Games on Thursday. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

The Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) deputy director for arrival, departure and hospitality, Glenn Josef, said that around 2,300 athletes from seven countries had departed from the Games co-host city of Palembang, South Sumatra, on Aug. 31.

The seven countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Maldives, Oman and Timor Leste.

"Most of them [the departing contingents] took early flights. Some went straight home, others went to Jakarta for a layover or to join their larger contingent," he said on Friday at the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport in Palembang.

More than 1,300 athletes are still staying at the Jakabaring Sports City, which contains venues for a number of the 40 sports featured at the quadrennial event.

"Some of the athletes are still competing today and tomorrow. Others have stayed to support their compatriots," Glenn said.

He added that INASGOC would continue to carry out its duties until Sept. 5, to make sure all athletes left safely.

Glenn said that during the Games, there had been some problems with athlete arrivals and departures but that the organizers had handled them.

A liaison officer of INASGOC's arrival, departure and hospitality department, Mahkamah, said that as a volunteer he and his team had to stand by at their posts on schedule.

"Today, we have to monitor and provide assistance, including handing out souvenirs, for the Vietnamese contingent whose flight is scheduled to depart at 8 p.m.," said the teacher, who chose to take leave from his job to volunteer at the Asiad.