NEXT month, 16,000 athletes and officials to take over two Indonesian cities – Jakarta and Palembang.
The 2018 Asian Games, otherwise known as the 18th Asian Games or Jakarta Palembang 2018, is scheduled to be held from Aug 18 to Sept 2, 2018, in the capital Jakarta and Palembang in South Sumatra.
This is the first time the Asian Games are being co-hosted by two cities. The pan-Asian multi-sport event will have 40 categories, including eSports (gaming) – 14 of them will be contested in Palembang while the rest will be in Jakarta.
Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the games. The total cost for the 2018 Asian Games is estimated at US$3.2 billion, with US$2.4 billion being spent on infrastructure development surrounding the games.
As part of the preparation, the construction of the Jakarta LRT, one of the key modes of transportation that will be used during the games, was accelerated. It will not be ready for the games, however.
Notorious for its traffic jams, city authorities have built underpasses, flyovers, and bridges have been built in Jakarta, and city bus operator TransJakarta will add 416 buses to serve officials during the games.
The Palembang light rail transit (LRT) will allow for ease of travel between Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport, which recently expanded its arrival and departure terminals, and the Jakabaring Stadium Complex.
Indonesia’s Public Works and Public Housing Ministry built a brand new athletes’ village at Kemayoran, a subdistrict of Central Jakarta.
The village sits in a land area of 100,000 square meters and hosts 7,424 apartments in 10 towers. It can accommodate a total of 22,272 athletes.
“After the Asian Games, the government will convert the buildings into low-cost rental apartments, aiming to accommodate people evicted from riverbanks and slum areas as well as civil servants and others with limited income,” The Jakarta Post reported.
Meanwhile, the athletes’ village inside the Jakabaring Sport City in Palembang will house 3,000 athletes and officials.
Initially built in 1960 for the 1962 Asian Games, the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex in Jakarta underwent a major renovation for the 2018 Asian Games.
Its capacity has been reduced from 88,000 spectators to 76,217, and a facial recognition system has also been installed in anticipation of terror threats.