Out of around 800 Indonesian athletes who will be competing at the Games in 40 sports against athletes from 44 countries, the youngest is a 16-year old named Sanggoe Dharma Tanjung. Learning how to skateboard before he could even read, Sanggoe snagged a bronze at the age of 13 at the Kia World Extreme Games in Shanghai, China, and won second place last year in the same city at the Asian Skateboarding Championship’s street category.
After a grand start at the Prambanan Temple, Central Java, the combined fire is then relayed from Jogjakarta, in which Dian Sastrowardoyo participated, to other cities and off to Bali where Hamish Daud relayed it on a surfboard at Kuta Beach. Other famous faces from the sports and entertainment industries will join the relay at locations from West Nusa Tenggara to Papua, South Sulawesi, South Kalimantan, Aceh, North Sumatera, Pekanbaru, Jambi, South Sumatera and Jakarta.
Eighteen nations, with different numbers of participation, will compete on the computer, or e-sport, in this year’s Games. Counted as a demonstration sport before the 2022 Asian Games, this means that the medals will not count towards the official medal tally. This year’s line-ups are two multiplayer, online battleground games, Arena of Valor and League of Legends; two card-collecting game, Clash Royale and Hearthstone; one strategy video game, Starcraft 2; and the Pro Evolution Soccer.
The details of the three mascots very much represent Indonesia and other participants in general, with names taken from each syllable in Indonesia’s motto, Bhineka Tunggal Ika. Moreover, they bring awareness about endangered species starting from the bird of paradise named Bhin Bhin that represents strategy, and wears Papua’s Asmat-patterned vest. Next are Atung the Bawean deer dressed in Betawi’s tumpal-motif cloth to represent speed, and Kaka the one-horned Javan rhino wearing Palembang’s flower-patterned songket.
Ambassadors of the Indonesian Teams
Arki Wisnu, Indonesia Basketball League’s MVP; Diananda Choirunisa on the re-curve archery team; Eko Yuli Irawan from the 62kg weightlifting category; Pungky Afriecia of the volleyball team; Raphael Maitimo from the soccer squad; and Siman Sudartawa who swims backstroke in the contingent: these six athletes are the Ambassadors of the Indonesian Teams. Especially chosen to spread the “Energy of Asia” to the public, all Ambassadors attend both educational and promotional events besides their regular trainings.