Indonesia is on target to host a memorable 18th Asian Indoor Games that will take place in both Jakarta and Palembang from August 18-September 2.
This will be the second time Indonesia has hosted continent’s premier sporting event after they first staged it back in 1962.
The hosts have opened the door to the continent’s media to show off the incredible facilities currently taking shape in south east Asia. Erick Thohir, President of the Indonesia Olympic Committee as well as the Games Organising Committee, met with the media during a press conference in Jakarta and expressed his happiness at the country’s state of readiness.
More than 9,500 athletes representing 54 countries will compete in 462 events across 40 sports, including 28 Olympic sports.
The organisers will get an early test of their preparations from February 10-18 when nine sports hold their test events.
More than 20,000 volunteers are currently being trained up to be ready to provide a warm welcome to the world.
It was also revealed that 37 sports will be covered live on TV and that a full media operation will be ready for the 3,500 media representatives expected to attend.
Jordan’s athletes are currently trying to confirm their place for the event through a series of qualifying events being held over the coming months.