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Asian Games: Indonesia to host Asiad in 2018


INCHEON: The Olympic Council of Asia executive board approved Indonesia as the hosts for the 2018 Asian Games on Friday.

The Games are finding it increasingly difficult to attract bidders due to the high costs of hosting the event. 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.

“It has been approved by the executive board that the next Asian Games will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia,” said council president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.

Ade Lukman, an Indonesian Olympic Committee official, said the country was delighted.

“Being selected to host the Asian Games is an honour for Indonesia,” he said.

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