TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The 2018 Asian Games torch relay that is set to commence on July 17 until August 15 will journey through 53 districts in 18 provinces and will be participated by 40 Indonesian legendary athletes, celebrities, and public figures.
INASGOC Chairman Erick Thohir stated that the legendary athletes to be involved include Taufik Hidayat, Susy Susanti, Budi Hartono, Yustedjo Tarik, Yayuk Basuki, and Herman Sembalo.
“We will commence in India on July 14-July 16 as it was the first host nation for the Asian Games,” said Erick Thohir in Jakarta yesterday, July 12.
The torch will travel across historic cities such as Aceh, Mataram, Palembang, Raja Ampat, Banyuwangi, and Bali Province. From India, the torch will travel to Mrapen in Central Java which will be handed over to the Youth and Sports Minister and Coordinating Minister of Human development and culture.
“We want the Asian Games spirit to echo across Indonesia,” said Erick. The torch itself will be transported from India to Indonesia via a Boeing 737-500 that is supported by the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI).
INASGOC has prepared at least 200 torches for the 2018 Asian Games torch relay tradition across 53 cities and districts before the sporting event kicks off in Jakarta and Palembang on August 18 up to September 2.