Last Updated: 2017-03-17
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JAKARTA, Indonesia March 17 (NNN-Bernama) -- Indonesia has proposed 546 games for 17 sports at the Asian Para Games 2018 which will take place in Jakarta in October 2018, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

"We are still discussing the games with the Asian Paralympic Committee. The number of games is between 500 to 600," Deputy Assistant for Traditional Sports and Special Services, Bayu Rahardian, said here on Thursday.

Total number of games at most is 116 for athletics and 205 for swimming.

"A number of representatives from Asian countries also propose a number of games for the sport event as the Para Games is an Asian qualifying event for disabled athletes to participate in the Paralympic Games 2020 in Tokyo," Bayu said.

Meanwhile, the International Paralympic Committee suggests Indonesia organise about 25 sports at the Asian Para Games 2018.

Secretary General of the Asian Paralympic Committee, Tarek Souei, is optimistic that Indonesia will be a successful host given that Vice President Jusuf Kalla is the coordinating organiser of the Asian Games and Asian Para Games 2018.

"It shows the commitment of the Indonesian leader to those sport events," Souei said, adding that the success of Indonesia for being the host is also supported by friendly transportation and accommodation facilities to the people with disabilities.--NNN-BERNAMA