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OCA outlines ‘huge’ challenges ahead of 2018 Asian Games

Indonesia faces “huge” challenges ahead of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, according to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

Following a visit to the country to check on preparations, OCA director general Husain Al-Musallam said that there had been some progress, particularly in the city of Palembang, which will co-host the event with Jakarta.

However, with Jakarta having only been awarded the Games in 2014 after the original host, Vietnam, withdrew, organisers are facing a race against time to be ready for the event.

There are particular concerns as several venues were not ready when Indonesia hosted the 2011 Southeast Asian Games.

“The challenge in front of the organising committee is huge,” Al-Musallam said. “The challenge they have is the cooperation between themselves, between the different departments.”

He added that the bodies involved in organising the event were “not talking to each other.”

The Games will take place from August 18 to September 2 next year. The country last staged the Games in 1962.