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Indonesia’s Ceremony Closes The “Best Asian Games Ever”


Indonesia’s Ceremony Closes The “Best Asian Games Ever”

So we’ve finally finished the 2-week marathon of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta/Palembang. 

A resounding success, it’s widely been called the best Asian Games ever.

With incredibly high standards of competitors and organizers, hilarious mishaps and moments of love, these Games have been authentically Indonesian. They won’t be forgotten quickly, but we want to share some of the best moments of the closing ceremony and before.

Here are our highlights from the “Best Asian Games” of all time…

Raising The Flag At Closing Ceremony

Jakarta Globe

The Country’s Military Was On Show At The Gelora Bung Karno Stadium

Jakarta Globe

Looking Flash, Despite The Rain

Jakarta Globe

President Jokowi Couldn’t Be At The Closing Ceremony…

Jakarta Globe

As He Was Watching It On TV “With The People Of Lombok”

Jakarta Post

But Remember How He Entered The Opening Ceremony?


Hangzhou Govoner Accepts The Asian Games Flag

The Chinese city will host the 2022 Games.

Jakarta Globe

Alibaba’s Jack Ma Acting As Ambassador For The Next Games

Jakarta Globe

Hosting The Best Asian Games Ever Has Given Indonesia Confidence

Jokowi announced on Saturday that Indonesia would bid for the 2032 Olympics.

Jakarta Globe

Indonesia Exceeded All Expectations With 31 Gold Medals

We only got 4 at the 2014 Games.

Jakarta Post

Indonesian Winners Given Big Bonuses


Obviously, We Only Budgeted For 16 Golds…


The Asian Games Proved Itself As A Competition

It’s arguably the 2nd Best multisport contest after the Olympics and ahead of the Winter Olympics (since Indonesia doesn’t do cold sports 😜). It’s definitely surpassed the increasingly meaningless Commonwealth Games.

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We Saw A United Korea

Jakarta Globe

We Had Controversy

The Japanese prostitute scandal feels like ages ago! It obviously didn’t stop the Japanese team getting 75 Golds though…

We Had Hilarity


We Had Unity In Diversity


Closing The Gap

Despite 132 Gold Medals for China, it is the nations lowest haul in 20 years, suggesting the rest of Asia is closing the gap.

We salute all the competitors and all the heroes who proved that they are the best in Asia.

Now we can put the fever of the Games to bed.

But will we be welcoming the world back to Jakarta for the 2032 Olympics?

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