VP Jusuf Kalla: 2018 Asian Games Venues Ready for Use
Date 30 Juni 2018
Vice President Jusuf Kalla as Chairman of the 2018 Asian Games Steering Committee said almost all venues are completed and ready for use for the 2018 Asian Games to be kicked off on 18 August this year, while the remaining unfinished venues are set to be completed by 20 July.
The Vice President gave his statement after inspecting a number of venues for the 2018 Asian Games, namely the BMX bike venue in Rawamangun in East Jakarta, the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Main Stadium, hockey and tennis venues at GBK Sports Complex, Senayan and the IT Center at the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc) office.
“Id like to thank Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing for the venues completed according to the set schedule. The venues are the best in the world before the Tokyo Olympics. Ive visited the Olympic complex in London myself and (I could say), the sports complex in Senayan is better. The venues, including those in Palembang, meet international standards,” the Vice President said.
On a visit at the BMX bike venue, the Vice President and Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono – who is also Chief Executive of Facilities and Infrastructure of the 2018 Asian Games – took a chance to try the trajectory using BMX bikes, while at the hockey and tennis Venue, the Vice President met athletes who were practicing.
The Vice President further said that a number of athletes from the national training camp (pelatnas) are doing intensive training and trials both at home and abroad and according to him, with the progress of the preparation, Indonesia will gain the achievement as targetted. “Thus, the targets of developing infrastructures development, hosting the Games, and athletes achievement can be successfully met,” Kalla said.
Meanwhile, Minister Basuki said that the venues in the GBK complex have been completed, leaving only a squash venue to be completed since it was only decided to be built in late February this year. “To date, the construction progress of the venue has reached 99 percent and it is set to be completed on 12 July,” he said.
For the record, venues in the GBK Sports Complex include the GBK Main Stadium, a training facility, an aquatic stadium, an archery venue, a hockey venue, the A/B/C Football Field, Istora, an indoor tennis stadium, an outdoor Tennis Stadium, Madya Stadium, a baseball Field, A/B/C Basketball Field, and a rugby field.
Joining the Vice President during the visit were Minister of Communication and Information Rudiantara, Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi, Governor of DKI Jakarta Anies Baswedan, Chief de Mission (CdM) Indonesian Contingent for the 2018 Asian Games Commissioner General (Pol) Syafruddin, Chairman of Inasgoc Erick Thohir, Chairman of the Indonesian Asian Para Games Organizing Committee (Inapgoc) Raja Sapta Oktohari, and Chairman of the Indonesian Sports Committee (KONI) Tono Suratman. (Bureau of Public Communication, Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing/EN) (MUR/EP/YM/Naster).