MUSCAT, Oman, Sheikh Sa’ad bin Mohammed Al Mardhouf al-Sa’adi, Oman’s Minister of Sports Affairs, will attend the opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Jakarta, due to be held from Aug 18 to Sept 2, 2018.

More than 11,000 athletes, representing 45 countries, competing for 40 games, will take part in the Games.

This is the 18th participation of the Sultanate in the Asian Games.

Sheikh al-Sa’adi’s programme includes attending the opening ceremony of the Games, visiting the Oman Sports Mission, which will take part in eight games, namely athletics, tennis, weightlifting, swimming, archery, hockey, beach volleyball and sailing, to check the readiness of the teams for the tournament, to achieve positive results that reflect the culture of the Sultanate and development of sports during such an event.

There will be a programme to meet with some officials of sports in the Asian continent.

The Minister said, “We hope that the Omani teams participating in the Games will achieve the desired results and get advanced positions, as some of the participating names have already obtained medals and advanced positions, in the previous tournaments.