Indonesia to Host 2018 Asian Para Games

Indonesia to Host 2018 Asian Para Games
Indonesia to Host 2018 Asian Para Games

After the conclusion of the 2018 Asian Games, Indonesia is set to host the 2018 Asian Paralympic Games, also known as the 3rd Asian Para Games, from October 6-13 in Jakarta.

The games torch relay started on Wednesday in Solo of Central Java and will pass through major cities in the nation’s eastern and western provinces, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The Indonesian Asian Para Games Organizing Committee stated earlier that over 2,800 athletes and 1,800 officials from 41 countries and regions will participate in the games. The majority of the event will take place in Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno and in a velodrome in the eastern part of the city.

The theme for the games will be “Energy of Asia.” The logo for the 2018 Asian Para Games will represent the harmony and balance in Asia, the organizers said.

“The logo is circular with the image of a man at the center of it, circled by three curves with different colors, depicting the diversity of Asia still moving together in harmony to attain common goals,” said INAPGOC Head Raja Sapta Oktohari.

“The mascot Momo stands for Motivation and Mobility, suggesting athletes should continue moving forward, adapting themselves in developing situations,” Raja added.

Indonesia received good commendations from the heads of the International Olympics Committee and the Olympics Council of Asia for its success in organizing the Asian Games and its achievements in Jakarta and Palembang. IOC President Thomas Bach said that Indonesia proved capable of working efficiently to hold the international event.

Asian Para Games is a multi-sport event regulated by the Asian Paralympic Committee that held every four years after every Asian Games for athletes with physical disabilities. Iran has finished fourth at the previous two editions of the games. In 2010, Iran won a total of 80 medals (27 golds, 24 silvers and 29 bronzes) and in 2014 collected 120 medals (37 golds, 52 silvers and 31 bronzes).

The first Para Games was held in Guangzhou, China, in 2010. The final medal tally was led by China, followed by Japan and third place South Korea. The second round of the event was held in Incheon, South Korea, in 2014. China again topped the medals table, host nation South Korea finished second and Japan took the third place.

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