Renovation work on venues for Asian Games 2018 completed: Minister

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Some 14 sports venues renovated for the 18th Asian Games at the Bung Karno sports stadium complex in Senayan area, South Jakarta, and Palembang, are ready, and seven of them were inaugurated, a minister stated.

Renovation work on the 14 sports venues was completed, with seven of them already being inaugurated, while seven others await inauguration, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono stated here, Saturday, while witnessing the inauguration of the indoor and outdoor tennis courts by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

The inauguration of the seven remaining venues depends on the schedules of President Jokowi or Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla, he remarked.

"The president is keen to inaugurate them one by one. Either the president or vice president will do it," the minister revealed.

The renovation work was completed as scheduled, so they are ready for the implementation of the Asian Games 2018 to be held in Jakarta and Palembang in South Sumatra Province, from August 18 to September 2, 2018.

President Jokowi had already inaugurated the renovated indoor and outdoor tennis courts, hockey field, A/B/C football fields, archery field, swimming pool, the Bung Karno main stadiums, and Istora indoor stadium.

The renovated venues awaiting inauguration are a 3-on-3 basket field, "Madya" (Mid) stadium, softball field, baseball field, rugby field, and training facility at the Bung Karno sports stadium complex.

Two other venues -- the Rowing Lake and shooting range -- are located in the Jakabaring sport city in Palembang.

President Jokowi inaugurated the newly renovated indoor and outdoor tennis courts at the Bung Karno Sports Stadium complex, here, Saturday.

The tennis courts will be used for the 18th Asian Games to be held in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra, from Aug 18 to Sept 2 this year.

The head of state was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for Culture and Human Resource Development Puan Maharani, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, Chairman of the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee Erick Thohir, and Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Tennis Players Rildo Ananda Anwar, among others.

Source: ANTARA News

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