go site 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.
“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.
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.