Indonesian female boxer, Huswatun Hasanah gained bronze medal in female 60-kg class of Asian Games 2018 on Friday (31/8). The achievement has become a new history because for the first time, the women's boxing won a medal in the Asian Games scene. The first women's boxing was held at the Asian Games 2010. So far, there has never been an Indonesian boxer who won a medal. After eight years, Indonesia’s waiting was finally paid off. Huswatun secured the bronze medal after failing to move to the final round. In the lightweight female 60 kg boxing at Hall C, JIExpo, Jakarta, Huswatun Hasanah forced to recognize the superiority of Sudaporn Seesondee from Thailand. Throughout the history of the Asian Games, Indonesian boxing has collected three gold medals, eight silver and 13 bronze. However, all of the medals came from men's boxing. This is the first medal that Indonesia won at the Asian Games 2018.
President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach stated that Indonesia has a good position and opportunity to hold a grand Olympic sports party. In a press conference session at the Asian Games 2018 Media Center, Jakarta on Sunday (2/9), Thomas Bach appreciated the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang, and stated that it was a good capital for Indonesia to hold a bigger sports party like the Olympics. Also, thanks to Asian Games 2018, he claimed to see the Indonesian people’s spirit towards the sports world. Another reason for Indonesia's excellence as one of the countries to hold the 2032 Olympics is the age of being young. As a country that has not yet reached a century of independence, Indonesia is seen as having a vibrant young generation and plenty of room to develop.
Indonesian Vice President, Jusuf Kalla in Jakarta said Indonesia managed to record history by achieving the highest achievement during the Asian Games since 1951. He explained, Indonesia in its participation in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, was ranked 17th with four gold medals, and this year at the 18th Asian Games, it rose to fourth with 31 gold medals. This was conveyed by the Vice President Jusuf Kalla in his remarks at the Asian Games 2018 closing ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium Jakarta on Sunday (2/9) night. Vice President Jusuf Kalla said, with 98 medals at the 18th Asian Games, the sense of unity of the Indonesian people could be further strengthened by increasing tolerance in Indonesia's pluralism. Indonesian national athletes won a total of 98 medals, with details of 31 gold medals, 24 silver and 43 bronze.
The eternal fire located in Mrapen Village, Grobogan, Central Java will be a historical witness to the start of the Asian Para Games 2018 torch parade. INAPGOC Secretary General, Bayu Rahardian became the recipient of a fire lantern from Mrapen paraded towards Solo on Wednesday (5/9) noon. The taking of Mrapen's fire for the Asian Para Games 2018 torch parade began with Grobogan Regent Sri Sumarni who was handed over to INAPGOC Secretary General Bayu Rahardian. In her remarks, Sri Sumarni expressed her gratitude for the umpteenth time the Mrapen fire which was located in Grobogan became a part of history for the success of the Asian Games 2018 and Asian Para Games 2018. Bayu Rahardian who brought the torch said the spirit of the Asian Para Games 2018 was expected to inspire and energize the Indonesian people. He said, Indonesia had just felt tremendous energy from the Asian Games 2018 with success in entering the top 4. This energy is expected to be transmitted to the Asian Para Games 2018 athletes. Regarding the target and preparation, Bayu said everything went well. For the target, it is pegged into the big 8, but he is sure it can surpass it. Solo became the first city to start the Asian Para Games 2018 torch parade. Solo is called a historical city for disability athletes in Indonesia. In the torch there are also three rings which indicate higher speed, strength and achievement. Braille letters are also part of the 1.9kg torch to make it easier for blind athletes who will carry torches. After coming from Solo, the torch will be brought to Ternate to be held again in a parade to coincide with National Sports Day (Haornas) on Thursday (6/9). Then proceed to Makassar (12/9), Bali (16/9), Pontianak (19/9), Medan (23/9), Pangkal Pinang (09/26) and ends in Jakarta (30/9). INAPGOC Chairperson Raja Sapta Oktohari said the commencement of the torch rally in Solo was the beginning of the Asian Para Games 2018 held on October 6-13 in Jakarta. This is a great history for Indonesia, which was the first to hold an Asian Para Games.