Published daily by the Lowy Institute. While some may argue that sport and politics should never mix, many governments have perfected the art of the sport—politics cocktail. It has a name: sports diplomacy.
A display of fireworks during the opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Jakarta on August 18, Photo Credit: Reuters. The mega sporting event will run till September 2,
Indonesian President Joko Widodo made a spectacular entrance by riding a motorcycle into the stadium. In a video shown at the very beginning of the ceremony, the President, troubled by traffic jam, mounted on a motorcycle to take a shortcut through the alleys. The man on the motorcycle waved to the excited audience, and then rode to the back stage where, according to the live video, he took off the helmet and the president looked solemn in his suit.
Published August 19, - Jkt. Indonesia put up a dazzling display of colours during the Opening Ceremony of the Asian Games. The loudest cheers were reserved for the contingent of hosts Indonesia while the united Korean and Palestinian contingent also drew a lot of noise. After the march of the countries, Via Vallen performed the theme song Meraih Bintang.
The stunt garnered praise from netizens and made number one in Twitter's trending topics. Several key moments from the grand event, directed by television veteran Wishnutama, include President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's grand motorcycle entrance, which captured the attention of those attending the event at GBK, as well as around the world via television and streaming services. Jokowi and his entourage were shown to be stuck in traffic.
The opening ceremony comes to an end! The lighting of cauldron and Anggun's performance brings the Asian Games opening ceremony to an end, signalling the beginning of the tournament. From tomorrow, the Games will begin in earnest, with events like Wrestling and Shooting starting their initial rounds.
The Asian Games come to and with a glittering ceremony in Jakarta on Sunday, bringing down the curtain on a two-week tournament featuring 40 sports. Thousands of athletes in ponchos marched in heavy rain at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium at the close of a two-week tournament featuring 40 sports. The 18th Asian Games closed at a glittering ceremony in Jakarta on Sunday, bringing down the curtain on a two-week tournament featuring 40 sports.
Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below. Just click on the icons to get to the download page. The opening ceremony of the Asian Games has received praise from Indonesians and visitors for its spectacular show in which a man who resembled President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo rode a Presidential Security Detail Pasampres motorcycle to enter the stadium on Saturday night in Senayan, Jakarta.
It weighed tons, was meters long and 30 meters wide, and included a display of Indonesian plants and flowers, as well as a mock volcano. When the motorcade was blocked by a parade of Indonesian supporters, the President exited his car, put on a black helmet and rode a Yamaha FZ1 motorcycle to escape traffic jam. After performing some stunt maneuvers and helping a group of students and a teacher to cross the road, he was joined by a motorcycle escort and approached the stadium.
Many people hope the sporting event will heal the wounds caused by Islamism. The two Koreas walk together whilst their ambassadors shake hands. The video showing President Widodo entering the stadium on a motorbike is a hit with the public. The day before, the country celebrated its independence amid nationalist feelings and controversy.