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18th Asian Games: Jakarta – Palembang 2018

Updated:2020-06-09

The 18th Asian Games kicked off on Aug 18, 2018, in Jakarta – Palembang, Indonesia, and ended on Sept 2, 2018.

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Emblem of the 18th Asian Games [Photo/ocasia.org]

The main body of the emblem of the 18th Asian Games is the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Main Stadium built in 1962 in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the middle of the emblem is a shining sun, symbolizing the unity of all Asian people and the "Energy of Asia".

The "Energy of Asia" lies in the depth and richness of its culture, heritage, and legacy. When all these elements come together, they will be a major force in the world.

The same principle applies to Indonesia, which is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. The founding fathers of the country had envisioned a strong and united nation under the Bhinneka Tunggal Ika philosophy.

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Mascot of the 18th Asian Games [Photo/ocasia.org]

Three different animals were chosen as the official games' mascots. In correlation to Asian Games, each animal represents an aspect of sporting competition such as strategy, speed and power.

Bhin Bhin is a bird of paradise that represents strategy.

Atung is a Bawean deer that represents speed.

Kaka is a single-horned rhinoceros that represents strength.

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Torch of the 18th Asian Games [Photo/ocasia.org]

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