Organizing the 2018 Asian Para Games has entered its final stage, all contingents from all participating countries have released all their abilities in Asia’s biggest sports event specifically for people with disabilities. On the last day of this event, Indonesia succeeded in adding gold medals, namely badminton, which successfully won 4 gold, 4 silver, and 3 bronze, while cycling added one piece of silver through Sri Sugiyanti.
Indonesia as a host country successfully scored a history with a satisfying medal collect with a total of 135 medals with 37 gold medals, 47 silver medals, and 51 bronze medals and at the same time recorded as the most medals in the Asian Games. With these results, Indonesia succeeded in shifting Uzbekistan which was previously in the fifth position. Indonesia is able to record the most medals since participating in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. At that time, Indonesia was only able to win one gold medal from a total of 11 medals and ranked 14th. Indonesia’s achievements increased at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The Indonesian contingent presented nine gold medals from a total of 38 medals and was ranked ninth.
Meanwhile, China became the overall champion and firmly at the top of the standings with a score of 172 gold medals, 88 silver medals, and 59 bronze medals. In the second place, South Korea totaled 145 medals. Athletes from the Ginseng country won 53 gold medals, 45 silver, and 47 bronze medals. The third place is occupied by Iran with 51 gold, 42 silver, and 43 bronze medals. Despite having more medals in total, namely 198 to 136, Japan had to settle for fourth place. Athletes from the Rising Sun Country won 45 gold, 70 silver, and 83 bronze medals.
These achievements exceeded the target set by the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Jokowi). The previous Head of State targeted 16 gold medals as well as the top eight in the final standings.
The lively Asian Para 2018 Games have not yet fully ended. The closing ceremony will be held at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (SUGBK) starting at 7:00 p.m., which will be enlivened by a number of Indonesian and foreign artists, especially from Asia.