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Indonesia to Host 2018 Asian Games in Jarkarta

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) executive board on Friday approved Indonesia as hosts for the 2018 Asian Games which faces a growing battle to find venues because of the cost.

The continent's sports leaders had to find a quick replacement after Vietnam said in April that it could no longer afford to stage the next Asian Games.

"Today it has been approved by the EB (executive board) that in 2018 will be the next Asian Games in Jakarta in Indonesia," said council president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.

The General Assembly of the OCA that gathered at the Songdo Convensia on Saturday ratified the decision of the OCA Executive Board and approved to Jakarta staging the Games in 2018.

Vietnam’s capital Hanoi was due to host the next edition of the Asian Games in 2019, one year before the Tokyo Olympics, but the city withdrew in April this year due to mounting economic problems.

New Delhi too lodged a late bid while requesting the OCA to extend the deadline for tabling bids. But with the new BJP Government in place only in May, India ran out of time and decided not to proceed.

Ade Lukman, an Indonesian Olympic Committee official, said the country was delighted. "Being selected to host the Asian Games is an honour for the Indonesian people," he told AFP.

The OCA executive met in Incheon ahead of the opening of the 17th Asian Games later on Friday.

The world's biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics will this year feature 13,000 athletes, coaches and officials from 45 nations across 36 sports.

Asia has been further flexing its muscles while hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang, Korea and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, while providing two strong candidates for the 2022 Winter Olympics
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