Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - Indonesia will, for the second time, host the Asian Games, the biggest and prestigious sporting event in Asia, after the one in 1962, or more than five decades ago.

It is indeed a pride for Indonesia to be able to again host the event, as it may also showcase what the country has achieved or will achieve in all sectors in future.

Indonesia is currently intensifying development efforts in all sectors, especially infrastructure and tourism, across the country to improve connectivity and economic welfare of its people.

In view of this, Indonesia plans to broadcast live most of the events of the Asiad.

The XVIII Asian Games are scheduled in two cities -- Jakarta, the capital city, and Palembang in South Sumatra -- from August 18 to September 2, 2018

Indonesia plans to broadcast live 38 out of the 40 sports to be competed at the event.

"We will use a total of 427 high-definition cameras to broadcast all sports events live, except bridge and squash," Director of Broadcast of the Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee INASGOC Linda Wahyudi stated.

INASGOC has signed a contract with Swiss International Games and Broadcast Services as a partner in broadcasting the Asian Games 2018 live.

A Japanese broadcasting company Dentsu will be the Asian Games 2018 broadcast rights holder, while the Emtek Group has the broadcast rights of the 2018 Asian Games for Indonesia.

The organizer will also broadcast the opening and closing ceremonies of the event to be attended by thousands of athletes from 54 countries.

INASGOC expects to spend up to Rp800 billion to broadcast live the 38 sports events as well as the opening and closing ceremonies and targets 20 countries to broadcast live for three weeks.

According to INASGOC Chairman Erick Thohir, six Asian countries have already acquired the broadcasting rights: Qatar, China, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, and India.

Besides Asian and Latin American countries, Indonesia is also eyeing the US to buy rights to broadcast live the events, as there are several Asians living there, Thohir noted.

Four to five billion people are expected to watch the events and activities during the three-week Asiad, Thohir noted.

Government public relations services across the country and community information groups have expressed readiness to make the four-yearly event a success through the traditional, print, electronic, or social media.

South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin pointed out that Palembang was chosen to be the co-host of the event along with Jakarta, as it had successfully organized the 2014 National Games as well as other regional and national events.

It was due to Indonesia`s track record of success that it has been trusted to host the event, and he called for full support from all parties to make it a success.

Rosarita Niken Widiastuti, the director general of public information and communication, said Palembang has been chosen to be the venue for "Synergy of Public Information and Communication Actions" since it will play host to the XVIII Asian Games.

At the opening of the event, she urged to lend support to make the Asiad a success and thereby confirming it as a declaration of support from all government relations services and community information groups made during the event.

She stated that the move was also made with the objective of eliminating possible hoaxes that could affect the implementation of the Asian Games.

At the launch of "Countdown to Asian Games 2018" in Jakarta on Aug 18, President Joko Widodo had called on all people to unite in the efforts to make the event a success.

"As the host, we must work together and unite all forces to make the Asian Games 2018 a success," he emphasized.

A total of 40 sports comprising 462 events of 32 Olympic sports and eight non-Olympic sports will be competed in during the XVIII Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.

Following are the lists of Olympic and non-Olympic sports to be competed in the XVIII Asian Games

Olympic sports

1- Aquatics

2- Athletics

3- Fencing

4- Weightlifting

5- Basketball

6- Handball

7- Badminton

8- Baseball/Softball

9- Cycling

10- Equestrian

11- Golf

12- Wrestling

13- Hockey

14- Judo

15- Karate

16- Canoeing and Kayak

17- Sailing

18- Shooting

19- Modern Pentathlon

20- Archery

21- Sport climbing

22- Rowing

23- Rugby

24- Gymnastics

25- Skateboarding

26- Football

27- Table tennis

28- Taekwondo

29- Tennis

30- Boxing

31- Triathlon

32- Volleyball

Non-Olympic sports

1- Bowling

2- Bridge

3- Cricket

4- Kabaddi

5- Martial Arts (Jujitsu, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Sambo, and Wushu)

6- Mechanical Sports (Paragliding and Jet ski)

7- Squash

8- Sepak Takraw


Reporter: Yosep Hariyadi
Editor: Bayu Prasetyo
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