POSTED: January 5th 2015

Olympic Council of Asia President to Lead Delegation to Indonesia for 2018 Asian Games Talks

Jakarta is set to host the 2018 Asian Games / Bigstock
Jakarta is set to host the 2018 Asian Games / Bigstock

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) This week, as focus turns towards the 18th Asian Games, which are to take place in Jakarta in 2018, President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) HE Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah will lead a high level delegation to Indonesia.

Accompanied by numerous leading officials in the Asian Olympic sports movement, Sheikh Ahmad will arrive on Tuesday, January 6th in Jakarta.

The main event, during their two day visit, will be the meeting with His Excellency Joko Widodo, the President of the Republic of Indonesia. In October of 2014 his five year term in office began, and in autumn of 2018, he will take in the OCA's biggest sports event.

In addition, the OCA delegation will have the opportunity to inspect venues and preparations, and get a chance to meet with the governors of Jakarta and Palembang in South Sumatra and the Sports Minister, along with the Indonesian sports family.

This delegation will include representatives from the three largest sports in the Asian Games, swimming, athletics, and football, along with the most important sport in Indonesia, badminton.

Furthermore, the OCA delegations will involve the chairman of the respective education and culture committees in the OCA, to meet, and discuss, with local officials, the projects and plans for the four year build up. This will promote the educational and cultural aspects of the Asian Games.

This major event will feature 36 sports, and draw around 15,000 athletes and officials from the 45 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in the OCA. The 18th Asian Games will bring in 40,000 volunteers, 10,000 media, and 7,000 technical officials and referees.

Those in the OCA delegation are: OCA Honorary Life Vice President, Wei Jizhong; OCA Executive Board Member, Chairman of the Sports Committee and AFC Vice President, Zhang Jilong; Bahrain NOC Secretary General, Abdurahman Askar; Asian Athletics Federation President, Dahlan Al Hamad; Asian Swimming Director General, Taha Al Kishry; OCA Director General and Technical Director, Husain Al-Musallam; OCA Secretary General, Raja Randhir Singh; OCA Executive Board member and Chairman of the Culture Committee, Mohamed Al Kamali; OCA Executive Board member and Chairman of the Education Committee, Mohamed Al Mishal; and President of the International Badminton Federation and IOC member, Paul Erik Hoyer.

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