The Indonesia Asian Para Games Organising Committee has appointed TVRI and Metro TV as official broadcasters of the third Asian Para Games, kicking off on 6 October 2018 in Jakarta. The partnership will authorise the two TV stations to broadcast live the games throughout the nation.
It also allows the stations to present the events’ highlights at its programs. The two TV stations are scheduled to broadcast live the event’s opening ceremony on 6 October and the closing ceremony on 13 October 2018.
Helmy Yahya, the president director of TVRI said that the move is in line with the organisation’s function as the state-owned TV station to serve the public. “The games’ slogan, the Inspiring Spirit and Energy of Asia aims to foster unity among nations in Asia as well as to boost people’s motivation and to support global social equality,” he added.
Meanwhile, Metro TV chief editor Don Bosco Selamun said that watching athletes competing at the games would provide a new perspective for audience on how sportsmanship flourish and how the athletes can go beyond physical boundaries.
“As a licensed broadcaster of this multi-sport event, Metro TV is committed to providing the best experience for our audience,” Selamun said.
Most recently, for the 18th Asian Games approaching in August, the Indonesian government had ramp up its efforts to get the cities of Jakarta and Palembang ready. From tightening security ahead of the games to covering up the city’s Sentiong River (called the “Black River”) with a black net to cover the bad smell, the country was in full force with its house-keeping.
It also saw Indonesia President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) riding into the stadium with a motorcycle for the Asian Games opening ceremony. The grand entrance was coupled together with an entertaining video, which has gone viral online.
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