IO – It is only natural that we are proud of Indonesia’s success at being selected as the host of the biggest sports event in Asia. This is not the first time Indonesia has been selected to host the Asian Games, however. The first time the event was ever held, was in 1962, Indonesia also had the honour of holding the once every four years’ event. Asian Games XVIII will commence on 18th August – 2nd September 2018 simultaneously in two cities in Indonesia: Jakarta and Palembang. This is the first time in history that the Asian Games have been held in two cities at once.
The government is making various preparations, including renovating the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium Complex. Even though it is very costly, the government has made room in its budget for the event that is only a few months away. The infra structure constructed includes renovation of the main stadium in the Gelora Bung Karno complex, which costs Rp 769,690,878,000.00. The construction is completed and President Jokowi inaugurated the stadium on 14th January 2018. Other constructions completed include the Gelora Bung Karno Training Facility (costing Rp 153,819,435,000.00), renovation of the aquatic stadium (Rp 274,675,852,000.00), and renovation of the softball, baseball and basketball playing areas, for a total of Rp 212,892,000,000.00.
The government’s commitment in welcoming this Asian sports event is amazing. After all, there are many things to prepare, including the renovation of the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) stadium. (alen)
The following are some of the ‘new look’ features of Gelora Bung Karno stadium: