Indonesia aims to complete Asian Games preparations by June

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Jakarta, Feb 19 (IANS) The government of Indonesia says it expects to finish all preparations for the Asian Games, including infrastructure construction, match preparation and other measures by June, Vice President Jusuf Kalla confirmed here on Monday.

Kalla revealed that all work, including construction of sporting venues, in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta and in Palembang city, the provincial capital of South Sumatra, is on the right track and has not faced significant obstacles, reports Xinhua news agency.

“We have completed 90 per cent of construction projects of sport venues in Jakarta, and all others located elsewhere are already completed,” he said.

Kalla also said that preparation work had been sharpened after the holding of test events from February 8 to 15 in Jakarta.

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“We noticed some places where progress was needed and things that must be improved,” he added.

In terms of sponsorship, Kalla said that the figures had exceeded targets and that the amount of funds and tax collected are in line with contracts.

“There is nothing to be worried about,” he stressed.

Indonesia was awarded the 18th Asian Games in September 2014, after the original host, Vietnam, pulled out for economic reasons.

The 18th Asian Games are scheduled to be held from August 18 to September 2.

–IANS

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