JAKARTA, Sept.2 (JDN.id) – The world’s second biggest multi-sports event Asian Games 2018 ended on Sunday night marked with the closing ceremony led by Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta.
The next Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China in 2022.
The 18th Asian Games was officially kicked off on Aug.18 at the same place, led by the host country’s President Joko Widodo, well-known as Jokowi.
At the closing ceremony, President Jokowi was televised from disaster affected area in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, watching the event with the victims.
“Asian Games has reached its end here, but energy and spirit of Asia will not be extinguished…this is the real energy of Asia, (we are) united to bring the goodness to the world,” he said in his remarks.
Vice President Kalla congratulated all participants of the event from 45 countries who have brought the spirit of energy of Asia, calling them “the heroes of Asia.”
Jakarta, Palembang in South Sumatra and West Java hosted various sports competitions during the Games.
Around 15,000 athletes, 11,000 journalists, 13,000 volunteers, and sports and government officials participated in the biggest Asia’s sports games.
In his closing remarks, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, president of Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) thanked Indonesia for hosting the event.
“You made the Asian dreams of the spirit of Asian comes true…(Indonesians) you are always in our hearts,” Al-Sabah said.
The concept of the closing ceremony is different from that during the opening
“The opening ceremony was a celebration from Indonesia to the world. We showed (them) our identity of Indonesia as a nation, and at the closing, it will be more of a celebration for Asia,” Erick Thohir, president of Indonesia’s Olympic Committee and also the chair of the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc), said on Friday.
Singers and dancers from Korea, India, China and Indonesia hypnotized the audience with their performance.
Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan, South Sumatra governor Alex Noerdin and Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs Puan Maharani handed over the Games torch, first flag and current flag to the OCA president Al-Sabah, who then delivered them to representatives of the next host of Asian Games from China including Hangzhou Mayor Xu Liyi.
CEO of Alibaba, prominent world’s online and mobile commerce firm from Hangzhou, Jack Ma, made a general invitation on stage to all Asian people to come and participate at the 19th Asian Games 2022 in the city.
More than 9,400 security personnels from Police and Military guarded the event.
“Please remember that Indonesians are your own brothers and sisters,” Kalla said.
“See you at Hangzhou 2022,” he concluded.