Asiad - Indonesia on track for 2018 Asian Games: OCA

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- Indonesia is on track to host next year's Asian Games, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said Monday, easing fears the country may not be ready for the region's biggest multi-sports event. With under a year until the opening ceremony, Indonesia is racing to renovate stadiums and secure major sponsors for the event, which is larger than the Olympics both in terms of the number of sports and competitors. The cities of Jakarta and Palembang on the island of Sumatra plan to welcome around 10,000 athletes from 45 countries, competing in 40 sports from August 18 to September 2, 2018. OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said Monday he was pleased with Indonesia's progress. "We are moving in the right direction for the Games," he told AFP after meeting Indonesian President Joko Widodo. "I feel more comfortable that the Games is going in the right way."