During the 33rd Olympic Council of Asia General Assembly was held at Songdo Convensia on Saturday, on the sidelines of the 17th Asian Games. Indonesia signed of the host city contract for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta – Palembang , Indonesia, in 2018.
Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, was due to host the next Asian Games – in 2019, one year before the Tokyo Olympics – but withdrew earlier this year due to economic problems.
The OCA President, HH Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, explained that Indonesia wanted to host the 18th Asian Games in 2018, rather than 2019, because of presidential elections in 2019, and met all the requirements of the OCA for hosting.
The Energy of Asia lies in the diversity of it’s culture, heritage, and legacy. When all these elements come together, they will be a major force to reckon in the world.
The same principle applies to Indonesia, home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. Our Founding Fathers had envisioned a strong and united nation under the Bhinneka Tunggal Ika philosophy.
That is why we decide to propose three different animals as the official game’s mascot. Also in correlation to Asian Games, each of these animals represents an aspect of the sport competition such as strategy, speed and power.
Bhin Bhin is a bird of paradise (Paradisaea Apoda) that represent strategy.
Atung is a Bawean deer (Hyelaphus Kuhlii) that represents speed.
Kaka is a single-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros Sondaicus) that represents strength.