Indonesia spruces up for 'best Asian Games yet'

Indonesia ready to welcome some 250,000 visitors next month for the 18th Asiad

Indonesia is putting the finishing touches to parts of Jakarta where its thoroughfares and sporting facilities, including the country's largest stadium, have been undergoing a facelift ahead of the Asian Games it is hosting next month.

When the event kicks off on Aug 18, some 250,000 visitors from the region - including about 15,000 athletes and officials - are expected to be in the Indonesian capital, the supporting Palembang city in South Sumatra, and other parts of West Java. While the refurbished Gelora Bung Karno stadium is ready to welcome athletes and spectators for the opening ceremony, Jakarta is still racing against the clock to rid the city of trash and graffiti, as well as pollution in the air, and in its many rivers and canals.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2018, with the headline 'Sprucing up for 'best Asian Games yet''. Print Edition | Subscribe