Indonesia ready to host 2018 Asian Para Games
Jakarta, Sep. 8 (IANS): After the conclusion of the 2018 Asian Games, Indonesia is set to hold the 2018 Asian Paralympic Games, from October 6-13 here.
The Indonesia Asian Para Games Organizing Committee (INAPGOC) stated earlier that over 2,800 athletes and 1,800 officials from 41 countries and regions will participate in the games, reports Xinhua news agency.
The majority of the events will take place in Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) and in a velodrome in the eastern part of the city.
The theme for the Games will be “Energy of Asia.” The logo for the 2018 Asian Para Games will represent the harmony and balance in Asia, the organizers said.
“The logo is circular with the image of a man at the centre of it, circled by three curves with different colours, depicting the diversity of Asia still moving together in harmony to attain common goals,” the head of the organizing committee Raja Sapta Oktohari said here.
“‘Momo’ will be the mascot for the event. Momo stands for Motivation and Mobility, suggesting athletes should continue moving forward, adapting themselves in developing situations,” Raja added.
To further promote 2018 Asian Para Games, the Indonesia Tourism Ministry pledged to support the event by urging athletes to be active on social media.
Indonesia topped the Southeast Asia (SEA) Para Games in Malaysia last year as its athletes won 117 gold medals, 69 silver and 46 bronze medals to top the medal tally.
Indonesia received good commendations from the heads of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) and the Olympics Council of Asia (OCA) for its success in organizing the Asian Games and its achievements in the Asiad held in Jakarta and Palembang.
IOC President Thomas Bach said that Indonesia proved capable of working efficiently to hold the international event. In the 2018 Asian Games, Indonesia seized 31 gold, 24 silver and 43 bronze medals, placing it fourth on the medals table.