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Asian Games 2018

Asian Games: Indonesia set for ‘spectacular’ ceremony to close pan-Asian extravaganza

The opening ceremony was widely praised and the closing will be just as huge, according to the ceremony director

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 August, 2018, 8:10pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 August, 2018, 8:10pm

Plans for the curtain-closer to this year’s Asian Games in Jakarta have been revealed with organisers claiming the closing ceremony will be just as spectacular a production as the opener, according to local media.

Although the second leg of the two ceremonies, which cost a total of US$32 million, will not feature a massive choreographed dancing set-piece like the opening ceremony, organisers are rumoured to have invited K-pop stars Super Junior to perform during the closing.

However, Herty Purba, the ceremony’s director from the Indonesian Asian Games Organising Committee, refused to confirm or deny the reports.

The closer, which will take place on September 2, will be held at the same 76,000-capacity Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta where the opening ceremony was held.

Purba revealed that the theme for the closing ceremony, where the official Asian Games flag will be formally handed over to the Hangzhou organising committee ahead of the 2022 Games, will be a single Asian community.

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“In the arena athletes are rivals,” Purba told the Jakarta Post, “but in the closing ceremony we want to unite them all and let them enjoy the ceremony as part of one Asian community.”

The ceremony will again be directed by award-winning Indonesian producer Wishnutama.

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