The Asian Games 2018 is going to begin on August 18 in Indonesia amid much festivity and fanfare.
Marking the event, Indonesian ambassador in Dhaka Rina P Soemarno has invited everybody to visit Indonesia to enjoy the sports on 49 venues in two cities of the country.She delivered the invitation formally on Sunday afternoon at a press conference held at Indonesian embassy in Dhaka.
The event will be held in two major cities. It will be held in the capital city Jakarta and Palembang which is 600 kilometers away from the capital in South Sumatra province from August 18 to September 2, the ambassador informed.
Besides, different venues in nearby Banten and West Java provinces are also kept prepared for the 463 events under 67 disciplines in 40 sports.
Speaking at the occasion, Ambassador Rina P Soemarno said, “Indonesia is known for its tourist destination Bali only. But Indonesia has several other tourist spots. I invite everybody to visit Indonesia for the Asian games.”
Some 15000 athletes, 17000 sports lovers and tourists and 8000 journalists from around the globe will gather Indonesia during this event.
Bangladesh is sending the largest athlete team comprised of 150 athletes in the game, the ambassador added.Indonesia will provide free of charge transportation during Asian Games 2018 for official reporters (journalists) by Transjakarta and also 18 buses in Palembang.
It is to be stated that this will be the second time that Indonesia hosts Asian Games. In 1962, first one was held in Jakarta in 1962 under President Soekarno.
The most recent 17th Asian Games was held in Incheon, South Korea from 19 September to 4 October 2014.
Asian Games is a continental multi-sport event which is held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The Games are regulated by the Asian Games Federation.