POSTED: May 19th 2017

Jakarta-Palembang 2018 Asian Games gleaning from London 2012

Indonesian Vice President HE Muhammad Jusuf Kalla (center) touring the venues used for London 2012 © Republic of Indonesia
Indonesian Vice President HE Muhammad Jusuf Kalla (center) touring the venues used for London 2012 © Republic of Indonesia

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Indonesian Vice President and Chairman of the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018 Steering Committee, HE Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, has traveled to London on a reconnaissance mission to learn best practices for hosting the event.

The organizers of the 2018 Asian Games are targeting the end of 2017 to complete building works, and the signing of a presidential decree in Mid-April has facilitated the acceleration of preparations.

Vice-President Kalla toured London's Olympic Park and said, "Next year, Indonesia will welcome the best Asian athletes from 45 countries for the 2018 Asian Games. Indonesia already has a strong track record of hosting successful international sports events but there is always room to improve.

"Preparations for Jakarta-Palembang 2018 are going well and on track but it is also important that we learn from previous successes around the world to ensure that we host the very best possible event.

"Indonesia is preparing for the Asian Games and Asian Para Games with a sensible mix of new building and the renovation of existing facilities.

"London 2012 did a great job not only of putting on wonderful competitions but also leaving a positive legacy. It has been very helpful to study the lessons of London 2012's success, so we can ensure that the Asian Games 2018 leaves an important legacy for Asian sport, for our own host cities and for Indonesia.

"The eyes, not just of Asia, but of the world will be on Indonesia next summer. I am confident we will show them not just a great sporting event, but a real insight into Indonesia's rich and deep tradition of hospitality, together with fresh and positive insights into our ability to deliver," concluded Vice President Kalla.

The 2018 Asian Games will run from 18 August to 2 September 2018 and will gather 15,000 athletes that will compete in 39 sports.

The 3rd Asian Para Games are set to follow in October in the venues, featuring 17 sports.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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