Asian Para Games, President Jokowi: We Want to Celebrate Brotherhood
President Joko Jokowi Widodo said expressed his pride to welcome all of the 2018 Asian Para Games participants from 43 countries.
The Games will be held in Jakarta and Bogor from October 6 until October 13.
Through the 2018 Asian Para Games, we want to celebrate brotherhood. We want to show perseverance and fighting spirits, and we want to uphold humanity, President Jokowi said in his keynote speech at the Opening the 2018 Asian Para Games at Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) main stadium, Jakarta, Saturday (10/6).
On the occasion, President went down to the stage to accept a message from a disabled athlete Bulan Karunia Rudianti. President Jokowi then removed his jacket and wore archery attire.
Afterwards, President Jokowi, Bulan, and Abdul Hamid (archery athletes) arrowed the letter D, I, dan S from the word disability to become ABILITY as a symbol for miracle greatness.
By saying Bismillahirrahmanirrahim, President Jokowi officially opened the sporting event.
For the record, as many as 3,000 athletes from 43 countries in Asia take part in the 2018 Asian Para Games. The athletes will compete in 18 sport branches.
Also present at the opening ceremony are First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo, Former President Megawati Soekarno Putri, Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Mrs. Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, Mrs. Shinta Nuriyah Wahid, Former Vice President of Republic of Indonesia Try Soetrisno and Boediono, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, Minister for State Affairs Pratikno, Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Minister of Communication and Information Rudiantara, Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya, Minister for Social Affairs Agum Gumiwang Kartasasmita, Minister of Manpower Hanif Dhakiri, Speaker of the Regional Representative Council (DPD) Oesman Sapta Odang, Chie of the Indonesian National Police Gen. Tito Karnavian, Coordinator for Presidential Special Staff Teten Masduki, and Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan. (FID/UN/AGG/ES)(HYP/EP/Naster)