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2018 Asian Games

XVIII Asian Games

Official emblem of the 2018 Asian Games.

Host city Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia

Motto "Energy of Asia"

(Indonesian: Energi Asia)

Nations participating 45

Athletes participating 11,720

Events 465 in 40 sports[3]

Opening ceremony 18 August[4]

Closing ceremony 2 September

Officially opened by Joko Widodo

President of Indonesia
Officially closed by Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah

President of the Olympic Council of Asia

Athlete's Oath Arki Dikania Wisnu

Judge's Oath Wahyana

Torch lighter Susi Susanti

Main venue Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium[5]

Website Official website

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2018 Asian Games

The 2018 Asian Games (Indonesian: Pesta Olahraga Asia 2018] Asian Games 2018), officially
known as the 18th Asian Games, XVIII Asiad and also known as Jakarta–Palembang 2018, was a
pan-Asian multi-sport event held from 18 August to 2 September 2018 in the Indonesian cities
of Jakarta and Palembang.
For the first time, the Asian Games were co-hosted in two cities; the Indonesian capital of Jakarta
(which is hosting the Games for the first time since 1962), and Palembang, the capital of the South
Sumatera province. Events were held in and around the two cities, including venues in Bandung and
some places in the provinces of West Java and Banten. The opening and closing ceremonies of the
Games were held at Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta. Also for the first
time, eSports and canoe polo were contested as demonstration sports.
China led the medal tally for the tenth consecutive time. North Korea and South Korea march under
the Korean Unification Flag at the opening ceremony and for the first time competed as a unified
team in some events. They also won one—and first—gold medal as a unified team. Japanese
swimmer Rikako Ikee was announced as the most valuable player (MVP) of the Games. There were
6 world, 18 Asian and 86 Asian Games records broken during the Games.[3]

Contents
 1Bidding process
o 1.1Initial bidding
o 1.2Appointment of Jakarta and Palembang
 2Development and preparations
o 2.1Costs
o 2.2Branding and design
o 2.3Marketing and promotion
 2.3.1Official songs
o 2.4Torch relay
 3Venues and infrastructures
o 3.1Venues
 3.1.1Jakarta
 3.1.2Palembang
o 3.2Athletes' Village
o 3.3Transport
 4The Games
o 4.1Opening ceremony
o 4.2Sports
o 4.3Participating National Olympic Committees
o 4.4Calendar
o 4.5Closing ceremony
 5Medal table
 6Concerns and controversies
 7See also
 8Notes
 9References
 10External links

Bidding process[edit]
Main article: Bids for the 2018 Asian Games
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) originally planned to hold these Games in 2019 rather than
2018, so that Asian Games would be held in the year immediately before the 2020 Summer
Olympics instead of two years before. After they were awarded to Indonesia, the OCA backtracked
on these plans and kept the Games in 2018, so that they will not interfere with the 2019 Indonesian
general elections.[6][7]
Initial bidding[edit]
Hanoi, Vietnam was originally selected to be the host after they won the bid against two other
candidates, Surabaya and Dubai. They were awarded the winning bid on 8 November 2012, with 29
votes against Surabaya's 14 votes.[8] Dubai pulled out at the last minute, instead announcing their
intention to focus on future bids. The UAE's National Olympic Committee's vice-president denied any
pullout and claimed that Dubai "did not apply for hosting 2019 Asian Games" and had "only
considered" doing so.[9][10][11]
However, in March 2014, there were some concerns about Vietnam's ability to host. These included
concerns over whether the anticipated budget of US$150 million was realistic. There were claims
that the government would eventually spend over US$300 million. In addition, critics were concerned
that several stadiums built in conjunction with 2003 Southeast Asian Games had not been utilized
since.[12] Former chairman of the Vietnam Olympic Committee Ha Quang Du also claimed that
hosting the Asian Games would not boost tourism in Vietnam.[13]
On 17 April 2014, the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng officially announced Hanoi's
withdrawal from hosting, citing unpreparedness and economic recession as the main reasons for the
withdrawal, saying "they have left the country unable to afford the construction of facilities and
venues".[14] Many Vietnamese people supported the decision to withdraw.[15] No penalty was imposed
for the withdrawal.[16]
Appointment of Jakarta and Palembang[edit]
After Hanoi's withdrawal, the OCA said that Indonesia, China, and the United Arab Emirates were
major candidates under consideration to host.[17] Indonesia was widely regarded as a favourite, since
Surabaya was the runner-up of the previous bid,[18] and willing to do so if selected.[19] The
Philippines[20] and India expressed their interest about hosting the Games, but India failed to submit a
late bid because it was unable to get an audience with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after being
given an extended deadline by the OCA.[21]
On 5 May 2014, the OCA visited some Indonesian cities including Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, and
Palembang. At this time Surabaya decided to drop their bid to host the Games and instead focus on
hosting the already scheduled 2021 Asian Youth Games.[22] On 25 July 2014, during a meeting
in Kuwait City, the OCA appointed Jakarta as the host of the Games with Palembang as the
supporting host. Jakarta was chosen because of its well-equipped sports facilities, adequate
transportation networks, and other facilities such as hotels and lodgings for guests.[23] On 20
September 2014, Indonesia signed the host city contract,[24] and during the closing ceremony of 2014
Asian Games in Incheon, Indonesia was appointed symbolically by the OCA to host the next
Games.[25][26][27]

Development and preparations[edit]


Costs[edit]
By 2015, the central government had allocated a budget of IDR 3 trillion (USD 224 million) to
prepare for the Games, with regional administrations also expected to supply some part of the
funding.[28] By July 2018, the budget allocation for the Games had been reported to be IDR 6.6 trillion
(USD 450 million) including IDR 869 billion (USD 59 million) from sponsorships .[29][30][31] However, on 2
September 2018, Finance Minister of Indonesia disclosed that IDR 8.2 trillion was financed by 2015-
2018 state budget, which was used by INASGOC for all preparation, opening, organizing, and
finalizing the implementation of the 2018 Asian Games.[32] The total cost for arranging the Games is
estimated about USD 3.2 billion, of which USD 2.4 billion being spent on infrastructure development
associated with the games.[33][34]
Branding and design[edit]

Bhin Bhin, Kaka, and Atung, mascots of the 2018 Asian Games

The initial logo for the 2018 Asian Games was first unveiled on 9 September 2015, in celebration of
the country's National Sports Day. The emblem featured a stylised depiction of a cenderawasih, a
rare species of a bird in Indonesia.[35] On 27 December 2015, the initial mascot named Drawa was
unveiled by Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla.[36] The inspiration for the mascot was the same
with the logo.[37]
Organizers withdrew both designs soon after amid heavy criticism for the logo's outdated
appearance. The mascot was also criticized for having little connection to Indonesian culture and
history (with some Indonesians joking that Drawa looked more like a chicken than a cenderawasih).
An open call for a new design was held, resulting in 60 submissions. The final design was unveiled
on 28 July 2016 in a press conference; titled Energy of Asia, the emblem was modeled upon the
Games' main stadium, the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium, and was intended to symbolize unity
among Asian countries.[38][39][40]
On the same press conference,[39] three new mascots were also unveiled. They were Bhin Bhin—
a greater bird-of-paradise, Atung—a Bawean deer, and Kaka[note 1]—a Javan rhinoceros. They
represent the Eastern, Central, and Western regions of Indonesia[42] and also strategy, speed and
strength respectively. Each mascots also wear different clothes: Bhin Bhin wears a vest
with Asmat pattern details, Atung wears a Sarong with Batik tumpal pattern, and Kaka wears
a Palembang Songket with flower pattern.[43] All three mascots are named after the official national
motto of Indonesia, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika. Both the new emblem and mascots were designed by
Feat Studio in Indonesia.[44]

Asian Games 2018 merchandise

In July 2018, Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) released the medal design
to the public, featuring the Asian Games logo and the batik style of all Indonesian regions, reflects
the cultural diversity of Indonesia and their unity. In addition to cultural diversity, batik motifs also
reflect the diversity of ethnic, religious, and racial Asian communities who participated in the 18th
Asian Games.[45]
Marketing and promotion[edit]

The 2018 Asian Games Official Merchandise Super Store stood inside the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complexduring the
Games.
On 18 August 2017, simultaneous events were held at Jakarta's National Monument and
Palembang's Benteng Kuto Besak to mark the one-year milestone before the Games. The event in
Jakarta was attended by president Joko Widodo, and featured performances by Taeyeon and Kim
Hyo-yeon of K-pop group Girls' Generation. Countdown clocks were unveiled at the Selamat Datang
Monument and in front of Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium.[46][47]
Several fun run events had been held in some Asian countries since December 2017 starting
with Lahore, Pakistan which was the first city to organise the fun run event.[48]
On May 2018, an event marking 100-day milestone before the Games was held, featuring the
introduction of Asian Games torch. The torch design is inspired by traditional weapons
named golok from Jakarta and skin from Palembang, South Sumatra.[49]
Official songs[edit]
Main article: Energy of Asia: Official Album of Asian Games 2018
On 13 July 2018, the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) released an official
music album of the 2018 Asian Games titled Energy of Asia: Official Album of Asian Games 2018.
The album consists of 13 songs involves several cross-genre musical artists.[50]
Torch relay[edit]
Main article: 2018 Asian Games torch relay

Indonesian badminton legend Susi Susanti carried a torch fire during the Asian Games Torch Relay Concert in Yogyakarta,
Indonesia

The torch relay began at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi, host of the 1st
Asian Games, on 15 July 2018. The flame was generated from a parabolic mirror directed straight at
the sun.[51] On 18 July 2018, a ceremony took place in Brahma field by the 9th century Hindu temple
of Prambanan near Yogyakarta, where the torch's flame from India were fused together with an
Indonesian natural eternal flame taken from Mrapen, Central Java. Subsequently, the Torch Relay
Concert were performed marking the start of torch relay throughout the country.[52]
The relay travelled through 54 cities in 18 provinces in Indonesia, including host cities. The relay
covered a total distance of 18,000 kilometres (11,000 mi).[53] The relay finished on 17 August, the
73rd anniversary of the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence in the National Monument,
Jakarta before being carried into the opening ceremony at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium the next
day.[51]
Venues and infrastructures[edit]
Venues[edit]
Main article: Venues of the 2018 Asian Games
For the Games, some venues were built, some were renovated, and prepared across four provinces
in Indonesia: Jakarta, South Sumatra, Banten, and West Java. The facilities for the Asian Games
2018 were located in the capital city of Jakarta and Palembang (South Sumatra), in four different
sports clusters (three in Jakarta and one in Palembang). However, 15 arenas for matches and 11
training arenas in West Java and Banten which shares border with Jakarta, were also used to
support the Games.[54] In total, there were 80 venues for competitions and training prepared.[55] The
organisation hopes to keep the cost down by using the existing sports facilities and infrastructure,
including those venues built for the 2011 Southeast Asian Games,[28] and after the test event of the
2018 Asian Games in February, INASGOC moved several sports that will be held in Jakarta
International Expo to Jakarta Convention Center.[56]
Jakarta[edit]

Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadiumhosted the ceremonies and athletics

Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex in Jakarta alone hosted 13 sports after renovation. The 56-year-
old Main Stadium's capacity was reduced from around 88,000 to 77,193. A facial recognition system
was installed at the stadium in anticipation of terror threats. The Jakarta International
Velodrome at Rawamangun in East Jakarta was rebuilt, at a cost of US$ 40 million for cycling,
badminton, futsal, basketball, and wrestling.[57] An equestrian facility was renovated at Pulomas with
a cost of US$ 30.8 million, which could host up to 1,000 spectators.[58] It was equipped with 100
stables, athletes lodging, an animal hospital, training places, and a parking area on a 35-hectare plot
of land.
Palembang[edit]

Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium hosted the final of women's football

Jakabaring Sport City complex at Palembang hosted for other sports events. Several plans were
raised to add and improve the facilities in the complex, including a capacity upgrade of Gelora
Sriwijaya Stadium from 36,000 to 60,000 seats. This was cancelled later and instead the capacity
was decreased to 23,000 after the instalment of individual seats to the entire stadium concrete
tribunes along with pitch and other facilities improvements in the stadium.[59] The new venue in
Jakabaring Sports City was a 40-lane bowling alley which was completed in late May 2018.[60] Eight
additional tennis courts was built in the complex for the Games.[61] The length of canoeing and rowing
venue in Jakabaring Lake was extended to 2,300 meters along with rowing facilities and a tribune
which was built on the lake shore.[62] Other existing venues which was used for Games were also
renovated, including Ranau Sports Hall as sepak takraw venue.[63]
Athletes' Village[edit]
Athletes Village in Jakarta was built at Kemayoran on an area of 10 hectares land, which had 7,424
apartments in 10 towers. Total accommodation capacity of 22,272 at the village
exceeded International Olympic Committee standards, which require Olympics hosts to provide
rooms for at least 14,000 athletes. The Athletes Village inside the Jakabaring Sports
City at Palembang housed 3,000 athletes and officials.[64][65]
Transport[edit]

Ampera LRT Station, one of 13 stations of Palembang LRT

As part of the Games preparation, the construction of the Jakarta MRT and Jakarta LRT was
accelerated, though neither were ready for general commercial operation at the time of the opening
ceremonies.[66] A line of Jakarta LRT connected the athletes' village at Kemayoran in Central
Jakarta to the Velodrome at Rawamangun in East Jakarta. City bus operator TransJakarta added
416 buses to serve the officials,[67] and also provide free rides on selected days during the Games.[68]
Palembang upgraded their transportation facilities ahead for the Games by building 25 kilometres of
the Palembang Light Rail Transit from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport to
Jakabaring Sports City which opened for public use in July 2018.[69][70] Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II
International Airport is expanding its existing arrival and departure terminals to increase its capacity
and also connecting the airport with the light rail transit (LRT) terminal by building a
skybridge.[71] Other transportation facilities such as toll roads, flyovers, and bridgeswill be also built in
and around the city.[72]

The Games[edit]
Opening ceremony[edit]
Main article: 2018 Asian Games opening ceremony
See also: 2018 Asian Games Parade of Nations

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony started at 19:00 Western Indonesian Time (UTC+7) on Saturday, 18 August
2018. Wishnutama, CEO of Indonesian TV network NET was the creative director for the
ceremony.[73] The ceremony stage showcased a towering 26 meter-high mountain with a waterfall as
its background, accompanied by Indonesian plants and flowers.[74] North and South Korea delegates
marched together under one unified flag of Korea, which marked the first time both countries did so
in the Asian Games after 12 years.
The games was officially opened by the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo.[74]
Sports[edit]
In March 2017, the Olympic Council of Asia initially announced that the Games would feature 484
events in 42 sports, including the 28 permanent Olympic sports contested at the 2016 Summer
Olympics, the five additional sports that will be contested at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, as
well as events in other non-Olympic sports.[75] In April 2017, the OCA approved reductions in the
programme in response to cost concerns; belt wrestling, cricket, kurash, skateboarding, sambo, and
surfing were dropped from the programme, and there was to be a reduced number of competitions in
bridge, jet ski, jujitsu, paragliding, sport climbing, taekwondo (in particular, all non-Olympic weight
classes), and wushu. These changes reduced the total number of events to 431.[76][77]
The final programme was unveiled in September 2017, increasing it to 465 events in 40
disciplines[3] as the second-largest programme in Asian Games history. Additional disciplines being
introduced at the 2020 Summer Olympics were also added, including 3x3 basketball and BMX
freestyle.[78]
For the first time in Asian Games history, eSports and canoe polo were contested as demonstration
sports in the Games. Six video game titles, most notably Pro Evolution Soccer 2018, were featured
in the eSports events.[79][80]
 Aquatics  Cycling  Kabaddi
 Diving  BMX  Karate
 Swimming  Mountain bike  Martial arts
 Artistic swimming  Road  Jujitsu
 Water polo  Track  Kurash
 Archery  Equestrian  Pencak silat
 Athletics  Dressage  Sambo
 Badminton  Eventing  Wushu
 Baseball  Jumping  Modern pentathlon
 Baseball  Fencing  Paragliding
 Softball  Field hockey  Roller sports
 Basketball  Football  Inline speed skating
 3×3 basketball  Golf  Skateboarding
 5x5 basketball  Gymnastics  Rowing
 Bowling  Artistic  Rugby sevens
 Boxing  Rhythmic  Sailing
 Bridge  Trampoline  Sepak takraw
 Canoeing  Handball
 Dragon boat  Jet ski
 Slalom  Judo
 Sprint
Demonstration sports

 eSports
 Canoe polo
Participating National Olympic Committees[edit]
All 45 members of the Olympic Council of Asia participated in the games.[81] North Korea and South
Korea competed as a unified team in some events under the name "Korea" (COR), as they did at
the 2018 Winter Olympics, making it the 46th participant of the Games. Both nations also marched
together under one flag during the opening and closing ceremonies.[82]
Originally set to compete as Independent Asian Athletes, the Kuwaitis were allowed to compete
under their own flags just two days before the opening ceremony.[83]
Below is a list of all the participating NOCs. The number of competitors per delegation is indicated in
brackets.

hideParticipating National Olympic Committees[84]

 Afghanistan (65)[85]
 Bahrain (109)
 Bangladesh (117)[86]
 Bhutan (24)[87]
 Brunei (15)
 Cambodia (45)
 China (845)[88]
 Hong Kong (580)[89]
 India (572)[90]
 Indonesia (938)[91] (hosts)
 Iran (378)[92]
 Iraq (56)
 Japan (762)[93]
 Jordan (35)[94]
 Kazakhstan (440)[95]
 Korea (60)
 North Korea (168)
 South Korea (807)[96]
 Kuwait (24)
 Kyrgyzstan (211)
 Laos (142)
 Lebanon (28)
 Macau (109)[97]
 Malaysia (426)[98]
 Maldives (146)
 Mongolia (269)[99]
 Myanmar (112)
 Nepal (185)[100]
 Oman (47)[101]
 Pakistan (245)[102]
 Palestine (88)
 Philippines (272)[103]
 Qatar (222)[104]
 Saudi Arabia (169)[105]
 Singapore (265)[106]
 Sri Lanka (173)[107][108]
 Syria (73)
 Chinese Taipei (588)[109]
 Tajikistan (112)
 Thailand (829)[110]
 East Timor (69)
 Turkmenistan (72)[111]
 United Arab Emirates (138)[112]
 Uzbekistan (232)[113]
 Vietnam (352)[114]
 Yemen (32)
Number of athletes by National Olympic Committees (by highest to lowest)

showIOC Country Athletes

Calendar[edit]
Opening Event Gold medal Closing
OC ● 1 CC Sources: [115][116]
ceremony competitions events ceremony

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3
1 2
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Ev
August/Septem S S
F S S M T W T F S S M T W T F S S M T W T F ent
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O C N/
Ceremonies
C C A

Archery ● ● ● ● ● ● 4 4 8

Artistic ● 1 1 2
swimming

1 1
Athletics 4 7 7 9 48
1 0

Badminton ● ● ● 2 ● ● ● ● 2 3 7

Baseball ● ● ● ● ● 1 1

5x5 ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 2 2
Baske
tball 3x3 ● ● ● ● ● 2 2

Bowling 1 1 1 1 ● 2 6

1
Boxing ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 10
0

Bridge ● ● ● ● ● ● 3 ● ● ● ● 3 6

Slalo ● 2 2 4
m

Sprin ● 6 ● 6 12
Canoe
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Tradi
tional 2 2 1 5
boat
race

BMX 2 2
(race)

Moun 2 2 4
Cyclin tain
g bike

1 1 2 4
Road

2 3 2 3 4 14
Track

Diving 2 2 2 2 2 10

Dress
1 ● 1 2
age

Eventi
Eques ● ● 2 2
ng
trian

Jumpi
● 1 1 2
ng

Fencing 2 2 2 2 2 2 12

Field ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 1 1 2
hockey

Football ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 1 1 2

Golf ● ● ● 4 4

Gymn Artist 1 1 2 5 5 14
astics ic
1 1 2
Rhyt
hmic

Tramp 2 2
oline

Handball ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 1 1 2

Jet ski ● 1 2 1 4

Judo 4 5 5 1 15

Jujitsu 3 3 2 8

Kabaddi ● ● ● ● ● 2 2

Karate 4 4 4 12

Kurash 3 2 2 7

Modern 1 1 2
pentathlon

Paragliding ● ● 2 2 ● ● ● ● 2 6

Pencak ● ● ● ● 8 8 16
silat

Rolle
r 2 2
skatin
Roller g
sports

Skate ● 4 4
boardi
ng

Rowing ● ● ● ● 8 7 15

Rugby ● ● 2 2
sevens
1
Sailing ● ● ● ● ● 10
0

Sambo 2 2 4

● ● ● 2 ● ● 1 ● ● 1 ● ● ● 2 6
Sepaktakraw

Shooting 2 4 3 2 2 3 2 2 20

Soft tennis ● 2 1 ● 2 5

Softball ● ● ● ● 1 1

Sports 2 ● ● 2 2 6
climbing

Squash ● ● ● 2 ● ● ● ● ● 2 4
Swimming 7 7 7 8 6 6 41

Table ● ● 2 ● 1 ● 2 5
tennis

4 3 3 2 2 14
Taekwondo

Tennis ● ● ● ● ● 2 3 5

Triathlon 1 1 1 3

Beac ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 1 1 2
Volley h
ball
Indoo ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 2 2
r

Water polo ● ● ● ● 1 ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 1 2

2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 15
Weightlifting

Wrestling 5 5 4 4 18

Wushu 1 2 3 2 6 14

Daily medal 2 2 2 3 4 3 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 4
1
events 1 9 8 3 2 7 6 6 9 9 6 4 0 4
46
1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4
Cumulative 2 5 7 5
1 5 9 1 5 9 2 5 9 2 6 6
Total 1 0 8
1 3 0 6 2 1 0 6 0 0 4 5

Canoe
Demo ● ● 2 2
polo
nstrati
on
sports 1 1 ● 1 1 1 1 6
eSpor
ts

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3
1 2
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Ev
August/Septem S S
F S S M T W T F S S M T W T F S S M T W T F ent
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Closing ceremony[edit]
Main article: 2018 Asian Games closing ceremony
The closing ceremony started at 19:00 Western Indonesia Time (UTC+7) on Sunday, 2 September
2018 and ended at 21:25. In addition to local artists and a Chinese segment, the South Korean
boybands Super Junior and iKon, and Indian singer Sidharth Slathia performed in the
ceremony.[117] Mayor of Hangzhou Xu Liyi received the Games flag for the 2022 Games from Jakarta
Governor Anies Baswedan and South Sumatera Governor Alex Noerdin.[118]
Medal table[edit]
Main article: 2018 Asian Games medal table
China led the medal table for the tenth consecutive time. Korea claimed their first gold medal at the
Games in the canoeing women's traditional boat race 500 m event.[119] A total of 37 NOCs won at
least one medal, 29 NOCs won at least one gold medal and 9 NOCs failed to win any medal at the
Games.
The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below.
* Host nation (Indonesia)[120]

2018 Asian Games medal table

Rank NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total

1 China (CHN) 132 92 65 289

2 Japan (JPN) 75 56 74 205

3 South Korea (KOR) 49 58 70 177

4 Indonesia (INA)* 31 24 43 98

5 Uzbekistan (UZB) 21 24 25 70

6 Iran (IRI) 20 20 22 62

7 Chinese Taipei (TPE) 17 19 31 67

8 India (IND) 15 24 30 69

9 Kazakhstan (KAZ) 15 17 44 76

10 North Korea (PRK) 12 12 13 37


2018 Asian Games medal table

Rank NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total

11–37 Remaining NOCs 78 119 205 402

Totals (37 NOCs) 465 465 622 1552

Concerns and controversies[edit]


Main article: Concerns and controversies at the 2018 Asian Games
Before the Games, authorities in Indonesia were confident both host cities would be ready for the
Games although have had only four years to prepare rather than the usual six after stepping in to fill
the gap when Vietnam, whose city of Hanoi was originally chosen to host these Games by the
Olympic Council of Asia, dropped out in 2014 citing concerns over costs. On top of that, work in both
host cities was delayed throughout 2015 because government funding was not immediately
available.[121]
Various concerns from traffic congestion problems, series of terror attacks, which local police
claimed is a pre-Asian Games crackdown on terror suspects and petty street criminals,[122][123] and
already-provoked Indonesian fans at the venue.[124][125]
Jakarta struggled with air pollution and river pollution problems.[126] River pollution revealed where
authorities covered a foul-smelling river near the athletes' village with black nylon mesh over fears it
will be an eyesore at the showpiece event.[127] Governor of Jakarta at that time, and the Indonesian
Environment and Forestry Ministry quickly relieved the issues by various solutions.[128][129]
A doping case from a Turkmenistan wrestler was recorded, which put the sport's existence for future
Games in jeopardy.[130]