Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla, revealed the 2018 Asian Para Games which was held in Jakarta from 6-13 October 2018 was more than sports events between Asian countries. Jusuf Kalla considered the 2018 Asian Para Games has given a spirit of equality in humanity. Before thousands of spectators of the closing ceremony of the 2018 Asian Para Games at the Madya Stadium, Gelora Bung Karno (GBK), Jakarta, Saturday, October 13, 2018, Jusuf Kalla said, the 2018 Asian Para Games was an important momentum or part of the history of Asian nations, especially Indonesia.
"The 2018 Asian Para Games is more than a sports event, more than competition, more than winning medals for the country. But the event is to win the spirit of equality and humanity that embraces diversity, destroying stigma and prejudice. This is an important momentum for the history of Asian nations for the successful 2018 Asian Para Games," Jusuf Kalla said.
Furthermore, Jusuf Kalla also mentioned that athletes who competed in this event had shown various excellences despite their shortcomings. He thanked the participating athletes, because all this week they have shown that people with disabilities are far stronger, better, and more capable than the world thinks. According to Jusuf Kalla, this hard work and extraordinary achievements have undermined obstacles and changed perceptions of people with disabilities. The Asian Para Games 2018 closing ceremony began with a countdown, then continued with the action of the little polices. After that, a moment of silence was carried out to mourn the quake and tsunami victims in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Palu and Donggala, in Central Sulawesi. Besides Indonesian Vice President, there were also the Chairman of the Indonesian Asian Para Games Organizing Committee (INAPGOC) Raja Sapta Oktohari, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, and President of the Asian Paralympic Committee Majid Rashed attending the closing ceremony. (Rezha/trans by PUTRI/AHM)