Still, there were some complaints made by foreign media. For example, about the low speed of the Wi-Fi and also the limited availability of the special shuttle buses for media institutions. Organizers also struggled with a defective ticketing system during the start of the event. This resulted in the situation that at several sport events many enthusiasts were left without tickets despite plenty of empty seats inside the venues.

But, overall, Indonesia did a good job. Also International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach praised Indonesia's success in hosting the 2018 Asian Games and especially had kind words to say about the people of Indonesia. “You can see a great combination of friendliness and efficiency at the same time”, Bach said about the Indonesian people.

The Asian Games are no small event. In the context of the event, Indonesia welcomed more than 17,000 athletes and officials as well as around 150,000 supporters from across Asia. Athletes competed in nearly 500 events consisting of 40 sports disciplines.

Read the full report in the August 2018 edition of Indonesia Investments' research report