Venues of Asian Games to be completed in june: Kalla

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The construction of venues for the Asian Games 2018 will be completed in June 2018, Vice President Jusuf Kalla remarked.

"We ensure that the venues will be completed in June," Kalla stated during an evaluation meeting on Asian Games test event here on Monday.

The meeting was attended by the Chairman of the Indonesia Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee (INASGOC) Erick Thohir, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrowi, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, and South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin.

The progress in the construction of the venues has reached 90 percent.

Meanwhile, construction of venues for the Asian Games 2018 has been on track.

The vice president urged Jakarta and South Sumatra governors to fully support the implementation of the Asian Games 2018.

In addition, Thohir ensured that the security will be tightened during the Asian Games.

KONI earlier expressed optimism that Indonesia would reach the top 10 ranking target in the 2018 Asian Games.

"We will work hard to meet the target in less than 10 months, in accordance with the demand of the government (to reach) top 10," Tono Suratman, general chairman of the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI) executive board, remarked, after a meeting at the Youth and Sports Affairs Ministry, in Jakarta.

KONI will improve the quality of human resources to implement the national training supervisory duties, including the supervision of athletes selected by their respective sports, he revealed.

Suratman added that KONI will help the Youth and Sports Affairs Ministry regarding the supervision of the implementation of national training center, following the Presidential Regulation No. 95 of 2017, on National Sports Achievement Improvement, which replaces Presidential Regulation 15/2016 regarding the Indonesia Gold Program.

The Indonesian athletes, who will compete in the Asian Games, will also be groomed for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

The 18th Asian Games, a regional sporting event for Asian nations, will be co-hosted by Jakarta and Palembang (South Sumatra) simultaneously from Aug 18 to Sept 2, 2018. The Games will have at least 38 sports events.

Thousands of athletes from 54 countries are expected to participate in the games.

This will be the second time for Indonesia to host the Asian Games, after the first one was held in Jakarta in 1962 under the leadership of president Soekarno.

Source: ANTARA News

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