APG athletes, officials to start arriving from July 26: INASPOC

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We thank the Surakarta Mayor for hosting the event, although there is only a little time to conduct the preparations.

Surakarta, C Java (ANTARA) – Surakarta Mayor and head of the Indonesia ASEAN Para Games Organizing Committee (INASPOC), Gibran Rakabuming Raka, has informed that 1,800 athletes and officials will arrive in the city from July 26, 2022.

“The preparations are complete,” he said after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the implementation of the 2022 ASEAN Para Games (APG) here on Friday.

The MoU was inked by INASPOC and ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF), and included a number of standards for organizing the sporting event, competition rules, as well as lodging and venue requirements.

The mayor said that the revitalization of the sporting venues has been completed, and all lodgings have been readied. The participants of one sport will stay at the same hotel to facilitate the implementation and monitoring of health protocols.

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The details for the opening and closing ceremony of the 2022 APG–which will be held at the Manahan Stadium, Surakarta city, Central Java, on July 30 and August 6, respectively–have also been prepared, he added.

“All participants, both athletes and officials, (who arrive) at the airport will be picked up immediately and taken to (their respective) hotels. We will ensure that the athletes and officials are served well,” Raka said.

He also confirmed the venues for the 2022 APG, namely Manahan Stadium (for athletics and tennis), sports hall of Sports Faculty of Sebelas Maret University (boccia and goalball), Kota Barat Field (archery), Tirtonadi Convention Hall (judo and table tennis), and Solo Paragon Hotel (powerlifting).

Other venues include Semarang Jati Diri Sports Hall (swimming), Solo Dwangsa Hotel (chess), Edutorium Building of Muhammadiyah Surakarta University (badminton), stadium of Sebelas Maret University (CP football), Sritex Sports Hall (basketball), as well as sports hall of Tunas Pembangunan University (sitting volleyball).

Meanwhile, APSF is expecting that new sports records will be set by the participants of the international event.

“We thank the Surakarta Mayor for hosting the event, although there is only a little time to conduct the preparations. We also thank Indonesian people, especially the people of Surakarta city, who have supported the implementation of 2022 APG,” APSF president Osoth Bhavilai said.

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