Bangkok, Thailand, February 20, 2018 – Technical Delegate Mr Shanrit Wongprasert has expressed his satisfaction over Indonesia’s preparation tasks in hosting the 18th Asian Games volleyball competition later this year.
Indonesia received the green light from the Olympic Council of Asia to host the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2, 2018. As the biggest multi-sport competition after the Olympic Games, the 18th edition features 47 sports including volleyball (indoor volleyball is due to be held in Jakarta and beach volleyball in Palembang).
To make sure all is set and on the right track ahead of the Games’ official kickoff in August, hosts Indonesia recently organised the 18th Asian Games Invitation Tournaments, the Test Event Asian Games 2018.
In terms of the volleyball competition, the 18th Asian Games Men’s Volleyball Invitation Tournament had been held at the Tennis Indoor Senayan in Jakarta from February 11 to 15, with Indonesia A, Indonesia B, Hong Kong and Japan vying for the top spot of the Test Event.
At the end of the five-day meet, Indonesia B stunned national players-packed Indonesia A 3-2 to reign supreme, while Japan’s young bloods thrashed winless Hong Kong in the third-place playoff.
Mr Shanrit, himself the AVC Secretary-General and FIVB Board of Administration Member, disclosed that the overall image of Indonesia’s preparation tasks in hosting the 2018 Asian Games volleyball competition is generally satisfactory.
“At first, I admit that I was quite worried about the hosts’ preparations as they may have some problems to deal with. However, following the venue inspection ahead of the 18th Asian Games Men’s Volleyball Invitation Tournament, I found that everything has been put in the right place. Since their preparations are on track, I’m convinced that all is set for the 18th Asian Games volleyball competition. Two air-conditioned competition halls and training gyms provide great atmosphere including the officials’ working areas, the grandstands of the audience, the light and sound system as well as the reporting system. I’m quite satisfied with the tasks hosts Indonesia have prepared so far. There is nothing much to worry about,” said the Technical Delegate.
If there is a little problem to deal with, he said, it’s the heavy traffic. Since the Athletes Village, reportedly to be protected by round-the-clock security, is quite far from the competition venue, a smooth traffic flow is necessarily required on competition days. However, it is likely that the Jakarta administration has pledged to provide designated lanes for athletes and divert traffic called the Asian Games Lanes during the 18th Asian Games to ensure that the participants will arrive in time at their respective venues, particularly on rush hours. Furthermore, the organisers have also proposed school closures during the Asian Games to ease the traffic congestion.
“With more than five months remaining before the official start of the Asian Games, I’m confident that the Games’ preparation tasks in Indonesia will be completed ahead of time and expectation is also high that hosts Indonesia will make the Games a great success,” Shanrit added.
The 18th Asian Games will be for the first time that the quadrennial competition will be co-hosted by two cities. This will be the second time that Indonesia will host the Asian Games. The first one was held in Jakarta in 1962.
At the previous Games in Incheon, Korea four years ago, Iran captured their first-ever Asian Games gold medal in the men’s volleyball, while Japan and Korea took silver and bronze medals respectively.
Hosts Korea emerged as the winners in the women’s event, their second gold in the Asian Games history. China took home silver and Thailand bronze.
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