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Mobot, Olympic dreams as Asian Games close in Jakarta

AFP

The 18th Asian Games closed in a glittering ceremony in Jakarta yesterday as hosts Indonesia dreamed of stepping up to host the Olympics in 2032, reports AFP from Jakarta. Thousands of athletes in ponchos marched in heavy rain at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium at the close of the two-week tournament featuring 40 sports.

"You did it! You made the energy of Asia come through," Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, president of the Olympic Council of Asia, told the packed crowd.

"Jakarta has the capability to host any such major international event," added the sheikh, who performed the heart-shaped "Mobot" by placing both hands on top of his head.

It added to the relaxed atmosphere of the ceremony, which was mainly devoted to music acts from Indonesia, India and South Korea while booming fireworks lit up the night sky.

Indonesia has defied expectations to host a smooth Games, which with 17,000 athletes and officials is second in size only to the Olympics.

Despite worries about terrorism and unfinished venues, most problems have been minor -- including a series of hiccups over ticketing, for which Vice-President Jusuf Kalla apologised in his ceremony speech.

Riding high on the Games' success, President Joko Widodo on Saturday announced a bid to hold the 2032 Olympics, which would have seemed unthinkable just a few weeks ago.

The president addressed the ceremony by video link from an emergency shelter in Lombok, where a string of earthquakes in recent weeks killed 555 people.

Olympics chief Thomas Bach has welcomed Indonesia's bid but he warned that the sprawling Southeast Asian country needed to maintain the positive energy generated by the Games.

"I think what is important now for Indonesia is to keep the momentum of this Games," he said earlier on Sunday.

"So for you now not to fall into a black hole the moment after everybody has left."

- Bumper Games for Indonesia -

China topped the medals table for the tenth Games in succession, a streak stretching back to New Delhi 1982, with a runaway 132 golds.

They will now look to make a deafening statement by repeating the feat at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, capital of their war-time colonisers and bitter rivals Japan.

Japan, who won the Games' 465th and final gold medal in Sunday's mixed team triathlon, placed a distant second with 75 golds, while South Korea had 49 and hosts Indonesia finished with 31.

Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee, who became the first woman to win six gold medals at a single Games, was named the best athlete or Most Valuable Player.

"I still haven't won a world title so that's my next goal," she said after a small awards ceremony on Sunday.

The 18-year-old, who looks set to be the face of the Tokyo 2020 Games, stole the limelight at the pool from China's triple Olympic champion Sun Yang and Singaporean butterfly hero Joseph Schooling.

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