Minister Puan: All Asian Games venues always full house

Minister Puan: All Asian Games venues always full house

Antara/Jakarta

Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani said all venues of the 2018 Asian Games competitions were always full, reflecting the public’s high interest in the international sporting event.

“All [the venues] were always full house. Initially, we thought that certain competitions won’t be popular and only a small number of people will come. But apparently, all the venues were full with spectators wanting to support Indonesian teams,” said Puan after attending the meeting between the Indonesian athletes and coaches with President Joko Widodo at the State Palace on Sunday.

During the meeting, the President symbolically presented the bonuses, with the amounts ranging from Rp 20 million to Rp 1.5 billion.

The meeting was also attended by First Lady Iriana, Vice President Jusuf Kalla and his wife Mufidah Kalla, Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi, and chef de mission of the Indonesian Asian Games contingent Syafruddin.

Syafruddin said Indonesia surpassed its target in the Games by ranking 4th with 98 medals, consisting of 31 gold medals, 24 silver medals, and 43 bronze medals. “Previously, the target was to be in the top 10 with 16 gold medals,” said Syafruddin, who is also the administrative and bureaucratic reform minister.

Reporter: Desca Lidya Natalia

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