Hosts Indonesia bid emotional farewell to 18th Asian Games
JAKARTA,2nd Sep: Indonesia bid an emotional farewell to the 18th Asian Games on a rain-soaked evening at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium on Sunday with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) President hailing the event as a “historical success”. The downpour did not dampen the spirits of the Indonesians who thronged the venue to witness the closing ceremony, which was also attended by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach.
OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah congratulated the hosts before declaring the Games closed. “Thank you Jakarta. Thank you Palembang. You did it,” Sheikh Ahmad said, making a heart-shaped gesture above his head with his hands. “The sky is crying because we are very sad today as we must leave your beautiful country. “We are going back with a lot of memories, wonderful memories from an amazing Games. We will never forget you, you will always be in our hearts.” Like at the opening ceremony, a unified Korean team marched under a common flag, demonstrating the power of sports to forge camaraderie.