Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia has lauded the promotion activity of Asian Games 2018 in Bac Nich Province, Vietnam, on Sunday.
"Asian Games Fun Run is held in Bac Nich Province, Vietnam to promote Asian Games 2018. The event was participated in by 3,000 participants from various social backgrounds," Secretary General of The 2018 Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) Eris Herryanto said in a written statement received here on Monday.
The Asian Games Fun Run was also attended by 600 students in the province.
The activity also showcased local arts and cultures as well as socialized the Olympic and Asian Games involving 400 elementary school students in Vietnam.
In addition, Deputy Director of Bac Ninh Culture, Sports and Tourism Department Nguyen Duang Bac stated that the event taught modern Olympic values such as brilliance, friendship and mutual respect for a better life.
Coordinator President Office of Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Trkmani Wissam remarked that friendship and teamwork were important values of sports activities in the Asian continent.
The OCA will also host Asian Games Fun Run in other countries such as Saudi Arabia, Macao, Nepal, Oman, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Mongolia, China, Japan, Thailand, Iran, South Korea and Timor Leste.
The regional government of Jakarta earlier expressed optimism in completing the construction of all infrastructure projects for the 2018 Asian Games on time, an official stated.
"In general, those construction projects are being implemented in line with the schedule, and they certainly can be completed on time before the Asian Games begins," Jakarta Government Secretary Saefullah remarked.
Saefullah pointed to some significant progress in the Jakarta Light Rail Transit (LRT) whose construction has currently reached 63 percent completion.
"Hopefully, it would be able to reach 95 percent completion by July 2018, so we can operate it in August 2018," he noted.
The Jakarta LRT will connect the Jakarta city center with suburbs in Greater Jakarta, such as Bekasi, Bogor, and Depok, where some Asian Games venues are located.
The construction work on the Jakarta International Equestrian Park in Pulomas, East Jakarta, is on schedule and has reached 90 percent completion.
"Construction of the equestrian park and velodrome have achieved similar progress and are both in the finishing phase," Saefullah pointed out.
During the finishing phase, Saefullah has also urged contractors to renovate the areas surrounding the Asian Games venues to increase the aesthetic appeal despite the Jakarta government being in charge of it.
"It is the responsibility of the Jakarta regional government to renovate the areas around the venues and the Athlete Village, but we need to urge the contractors to do their work carefully for optimal results," he stated.
Source: ANTARA News