Jakarta and South Sumatra Compact Each Other to Get Ready as the Host of the Asian Games 2018
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) at the State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (7/1), received a delegation of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), led by the President of OCA, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al Fahal. The meeting is to discuss the plan of holding sporting event of the 18th Asian Games in 2018, which is planned to be held in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra.
Governor of Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) and Governor of South Sumatra Alex Noerdion who accompanied President Jokowi at the meeting expressed their determination for compact each other to support the implementation of this event well.
“Which is good in Jakarta, we held in Jakarta. Which is good in Palembang, we held in Palembang, “Alex Noerdin told reporters at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday (7/1) morning.
According to Alex, the Government of Province of South Sumatra prepares the Stadium of Jaka Baring, Palembang to support the implementation of the 18th Asian Games 2018. While Governor of Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) said, will prepare the land in Kemayoran, to support the implementation of the 18th Asian Games 2018.
According to Ahok, Government of Province of Jakarta will also build the transportation from Tangerang enter Pluit Reservoir, Old Town, Ancol, Kemayoran, Sunter, Kelapa Gading to Bekasi, West to East in coastal area. While the stadium that will be a mainstay in the Asian Games in Jakarta is Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.
As we know, Indonesia was appointed to be the host of the Asian Games in 2018 at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea (ROK), in October 2014 ago.
When receiving the OCA delegation, President Jokowi among others, accompanied by Menister of State Secretary Pratikno, Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya, Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi, Governor of Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Governor of South Sumatra Alex Noerdin, and Chairman of the Indonesian Olympic (KOI) Rita Subowo. (Humas Setkab/WID/ES)