The Main Operation Centre for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang has officially been opened today ©OCA

The Main Operation Centre (MOC) for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang has officially been opened today. 

A series of test events are scheduled to take place from February 8 to 25 when a nine-sport invitational tournament will be held in Jakarta.

A number of leading officials visited the Jakarta-based MOC today, including Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla.

Erick Thohir, President of the Indonesian Asian Games Organising Committee (INASGOC), was also in attendance along with Gatot S Dewa Broto from Indonesia’s Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs.

The MOC is set up with 24 screens of live feeds for traffic, airport arrivals and departures, closed circuit television at venues and at the new Athletes' Village in Kemayoran in North Jakarta, and other key locations of Asian Games operations and management.

The nine sports being contested are archery, athletics, basketball, boxing, football, pencak silat, taekwondo, volleyball and weightlifting.

A total of 1,000 athletes and 500 officials from 31 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are expected to take part.

Five of the nine sports will be held at the newly-refurbished Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex in downtown Senayan, with athletics and football both at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, the main venue for the Games,

Another three of the sports will be in halls at the Jakarta International Expo.

INASGOC conducted 39 test events from July to December 2017, but it is claimed the upcoming invitational tournament, with nine sports running concurrently, will allow the Organising Committee to integrate all the IT and broadcasting operations, traffic flow and accreditation, as well as management of staff and volunteers.

The Main Operation Centre features 24 screens of live feeds ©OCA
The Main Operation Centre features 24 screens of live feeds ©OCA

The 2018 Asian Games, which marks the 18th edition of the continental multi-sport event, is due to run from August 18 to September 2.

There will be 40 sports and 462 events contested by 10,000 athletes from the Olympic Council of Asia’s (OCA) 45 affiliated NOCs.

It will be the first time the OCA’s premier event has been co-hosted by two cities and the first time that Jakarta has organised the Asian Games since the fourth edition in 1962.

Earlier this month, OCA Coordination Committee chairman Tsunekazu Takeda claimed they are "very satisfied" with preparations for the Games following the conclusion of an eighth inspection visit.

Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and an International Olympic Committee member, revealed organisers were in "operational and implementation mode" and the planning phase was over.

Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno was among the officials to attend the two-day visit and stressed the Government would implement an efficient travel management plan for the Games.

Uno also revealed work would start on ways to ease traffic congestion during the Games when test events are held in the Indonesian capital next month.

He said this would provide a case study for the Asian Games.

The OCA Coordination Committee concluded the visit by calling on the Organising Committee to finalise the Games schedule as soon as possible.

During the Committee's inspection, Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, where the Opening Ceremony is scheduled to take place on August 18.