Erick Thohir: INASGOC Predicts Peak of Asian Games to Be in August

INASGOC’s Chairman, Erick Thohir, said that Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) has estimated the peak of the Asian Games competition at Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) stadium in Senayan, Jakarta, to be on Aug 28, following the final-semifinal matches of 15 sports.

"We estimate around 110 thousand people to come to GBK stadium on Aug 28 if all tickets have been sold out completely. The GBK Senayan complex in Jakarta will hold the matches of 15 sports, such as badminton, basketball, volleyball, squash, and rugby.

"If all the audiences come together in the final and semi-final matches, there will certainly be tremendous congestion. We expect a breakthrough to reduce congestion," he remarked.

He also mentioned that in addition, INASGOC also expects that the Asian Games, especially in Jakarta, would be attended by 300 thousand people.

“INASGOC also expects the government of Jakarta to continue to monitor the travel of Asian Games athletes and officials from the "Wisma Atlet" in Kemayoran to the match locations, including in Pondok Indah, Cibubur, and the Indonesia in Miniature Park (TMII),” he said.

He added that the Asian Games 2018 is scheduled to be held from Aug 18 to Sept 2, in Jakarta and Palembang (South Sumatra).  About 19 thousand athletes and officials have been registered until Tuesday. INASGOC opens registration until June 30, Secretary of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs.

“Indonesia will strive to make the total number of athletes and officials taking part in the Asian Games to reach 15 thousand. There are 32 countries that will take part in the football event of the Asian Games. The All-Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) has been ordered to arrange the toss for the matches early in July and use it as a means of promoting the Asian Games," he remarked. [antaranews/photo special]