Dimensionally 120 meters x 30 meters x 26 meters, the stage is claimed to be the biggest stage in the opening of the multi-event sports championship ever. With the stage setting in the form of Indonesian nature presented with beautiful mountains and oceans.
The event itself is divided into four segments; water, earth, wind, and finally fire. The four represent the noble values of the Indonesian people.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo attended the opening by riding a motorbike into the stadium. Song of the Asian Games theme “Reach for the Stars” was sung by Via Vallen to continue with a parade of 45 participating countries.
There is a unique view when the North Korean and South Korean contingents unite in the Korean flag. Meanwhile, the Palestinian contingent, a country still in conflict, received a standing ovation from the audience at the stadium.
In the hustle and bustle of the sports party, the 2018 Asian Games did not forget to silence to honor the victims of the earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara that occurred at the end of July. The disaster claimed hundreds of lives and destroyed thousands of homes.
Previously, the raising of the Merah Putih flag was carried out by the Paskibra team accompanied by the national anthem Indonesia Raya. Addie MS musicians and Ronald Steven are believed to be music organizers in the entire series of events.
President Jokowi finally officially opened the biggest sports championship in Asia. “By saying the bisharirahrahirimim of the 18th Asian Games in 2018 I stated that it was opened,” said Jokowi, greeted by a standing ovation.
The opening was enlivened by a series of top Indonesian singers such as Tulus, Rossa, Cakra Khan, Raisa, Ariel ‘NOAH’, Putri Ayu, Anggun C. Sasmi, and many more.
Entering the end of the event, Indonesian sporting legends relayed torches to mountain cauldrons on stage.
Beginning with the beautiful jumping legend, Lanny Gumulya entered the arena carrying a torch and handed it over to the 1998 Asian Games karate gold winner, Arief Taufan. The torch then changed hands to Yustedjo Tarik, the legendary tennis player to be forwarded to Supriati Sutono, who was a former runner.