Indonesia May Replace Vietnam As Host Of 2019 Asian Games
Indonesia "could be in the running to host the 2019 Asian Games after Vietnam earlier stepped down as host," according to Ami Afriatni of the JAKARTA GLOBE. This comes in the wake of a three-day visit by a delegation from the Olympic Council of Asia, led by VP Wei Jizhong, to Jakarta, Bandung, West Java, and Palembang, South Sumatra, "to evaluate the cities’ potential to replace Vietnam." Wei said, "Jakarta meets all the Asian Games technical requirements, from sports facilities, exhibition centers and hotels." From his assessment, Jakarta "may not be the only city to host the multi-sport event as the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) has offered venues located in three cities." Unfortunately, Palembang "is out of the running as it does not have sufficient sports facilities" (JAKARTA GLOBE, 5/9).