Mouab Indonesia summarizes five of them.
The Indonesian public and even the world were shocked when the 2018 Asian Games opened on Saturday (18/08).
The mass line was filled with “proud” and “emotional” expressions.
Called to be prepared for a year and a half, the ceremonial event was grandly opened by Ratoh Jaroe Dance, who came from Aceh.
The dance, which is similar to the Saman Dance, was choreographed by an artist who was also known as an actor, Denny Malik.
The number of dancers is fantastic, reaching 1,600 people consisting of high school students throughout DKI Jakarta.
However, it can be said that the most attention-grabbing of the 2018 Asian Games Opening is the appearance of President Joko Widodo.
Using a pre-recorded video, the president is depicted as appearing on the stage of the quadrennial event like a secret agent.
He came on a motorbike and did various stunts that we usually only see in action movies.
No doubt, Jokowi’s appearance became the talk for days, even in South Korea, the country that participated in broadcasting the opening ceremony.
“President of Indonesia” even became a trending topic in South Korea. They called Jokowi “cool” and “amazing”.
Tickets Out Controversy – Empty Bench
The number of people who question the difficulty of obtaining tickets for the 2018 Asian Games, but the seats for a number of matches are empty, prompting the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to issue a warning letter addressed to the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC).
OCA strongly rebukes INASGOC for giving 30-40% tickets per match to partners such as media, broadcasters, athletes, sports federations, sponsoring partners and VVIP guests. Yet many of them did not come.
In his letter, the Director of OCA, Husain Al Musallam, instructed INASGOC to limit the number of seats for partners to a maximum of 10% of the total tickets.
The Secretary General of INASGOC, Eris Herryanto, also promised to immediately limit the number of tickets for partners.
Even so, Eris had another reason why many seats were empty during the match.
“The empty seats are also for the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of other countries. But because of that, they (OCA) were asked to be limited to 10%,” said Eris.
INASGOC also said it had immediately sold the tickets for the empty seats.
Most Talked Athlete
There are 938 Indonesian athletes who competed in the 2018 Asian Games. However, only a few of them have become the talk of the community, at least in cyberspace.
Apart from of course the gold winners, the twin sepak takraw athletes, Lena and Leni, touched the hearts of many people with their past stories.
Before becoming athletes, Lena and Leni, who grew up from poor families, had worked as laundry workers, dish washing workers, and even scavengers, to make a living.
At the 2018 Asian Games, they have donated bronze for the Women’s Quadrant.
Bridge athlete 78 years, Michael Bambang Hartono also attracted the attention of many people. One of the richest people in Indonesia with a total assets of around Rp. 225 trillion has donated a bronze medal for Indonesia.
Many created memes about how the medal bonus amount, worth hundreds of millions for Bambang, was a meaningless amount to him.
But it cannot be denied that Jonatan ‘Jojo’ Christie is the most talked about athlete throughout the 2018 Asian Games.
The celebration of opening the gold winner’s shirt became a conversation for days.
Many commented on Jojo’s physique, leading some to wonder whether the statement was mere admiration or harassment.
The Expected “Dear” Hug
Wednesday (29/08) could be one of the most interesting moments when sports seem to come into contact with the world of politics.
At that time, the martial arts athlete Hanifan Yudani Kusumah, who had just made sure to win gold in class C (55-60kg), pulled President Joko Widodo and the General Chairperson of the Indonesian Pencak Silat Executive Board, Prabowo Subianto, to hug him together.
As a result, the public also commented on and called the moment between the two presidential candidates for the 2019 presidential election a “cool” event.
In cyberspace, the hashtag #Wowo SayangWiwi has also sprung up, accompanied by various photos of Jokowi walking side by side with Prabowo.
When interviewed by reporters in Jakarta, Hanifan said that his action was expected to increase “harmony” in the country.
“So we must be clean, uphold sportsmanship, do not continue to be divided. Pak Jokowi and Pak Prabowo are both great people for Indonesia,” said Hanifan.
Gold, Gold, Gold
The 2018 Asian Games is arguably the best achievement that Indonesia has ever achieved in the history of organizing the Asian Games, in terms of the number of medals received.
Indonesia won a total of 93 medals, consisting of 31 gold, 24 silver and 43 bronze.
This number is more than Indonesia’s previous best achievement, namely in 1962, where Indonesia won a total of 77 medals, consisting of 21 gold, 26 silver and 30 bronze.
Indonesia’s first gold was donated by a female Taekwondo athlete, Defia Rosmaniar. The photo of him running while crying with tears carrying the red and white flag, raised the hopes of Indonesian citizens at the beginning of the Asian Games this time.
What is also interesting to see is that there are quite a number of women in the ranks of Indonesia’s first gold contributors. Besides Defia, Linsdwell followed in Wushu and Tiara Andiri Prastika, Mountain Bike.
The most gold was donated from the Pencak Silat sport, the amount was almost half the total gold, namely 14 medals.
The next Asian Games will be held in 2022.
Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China will be the host.
Hopefully Indonesian athletes can continue to excel in this event!