For the second time in its history, Indonesia will host the Asian Games. The games will be played in two cities: in the capital Jakarta (where they also held in 1962) and Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra. Under the slogan “Energy of Asia”, the eighteenth Asian Games will be held from August 18 to September 2. The Archbishop of the capital urges Catholics: “Participate and create unity”.
Sporting events will also be held in Bandung and in the western province of Java and Banten. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta. As reported by asianews.it, The Archbishop of Jakarta Msgr. Ignatius Suharyo urged all the Catholics of the capital to support the sporting event. “My beloved Catholics from the Archdiocese of Jakarta. On August 18th, our country will host the Asian Games 2018 – the eighteenth Asian games. Let’s behave well as hosts”.
Despite the preparations still being underway both in Jakarta and Palembang, some Indonesians have raised various concerns about the “hardships” that affect the daily lives of those who live and work in the capital. Some roads have been closed or are limited to traffic. Many schools, both private and state, will be closed during the event in order to reduce the number of people moving. About 250 thousand people are expected in the city, including 15 thousand athletes and technical staff.