Asian Games 2018 had just ended few days ago. The biggest international multi-sport event after the Olympics saw China topping the medal ranking as expected. This sports powerhouse won 132 golds, 92 silvers and 65 bronzes to sit comfortably at first place finish. Japan came in second with 75 golds, 56 silvers and 74 bronzes while South Korea is in third place with 49 golds, 58 silvers and 70 bronzes. The host country, Indonesia definitely has its best performance due to home advantage and claimed the fourth spot with 31 golds, 24 silvers and 43 bronzes. Some images of its closing ceremony on 2nd September 2018 (last Sunday) below:
Malaysia is placed at 14th with 7 golds, 13 silvers and 16 bronzes. Looking at all our past participation in this games, this is actually one of our best performances. One week before the games closes, I have a feeling that we may not be able to reach our 7-gold medal target. Fortunately, we managed to hit that mark with our squash team delivering our final gold medal. Our squash team delivered while on the other hand, we are getting weaker in other sports we are previously strong in such as badminton. We failed to win a single medal (not even a bronze) in badminton. None of our players manage to get into semi-final and only two men doubles pair got into quarter final. This is worrying.
On the other hand, I am surprised that Malaysia defeated India in men hockey semi final match. India is the defending champion and they are superbly good in hockey. I am quite excited that Malaysia succeeded into the final and if we win the gold here, we would be guaranteed an Olympic ticket to compete in hockey event at Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. We were up against Japan in the final. We were leading from the very beginning of the match but in the last 20 second of the match, Japan managed to level it up to 6-6. I watched the last crucial segment of the match live. Then in the critical penalty shoot, we lost unfortunately and had to settle for silver. A great opportunity to shine here but we missed it. As for other sports, I didn’t give much attention.
After successfully hosting this games, Indonesia is now seeking to bid for 2032 Summer Olympic Games. Huge dream over there. 2020 edition will be in Tokyo, 2024 will be in Paris while 2028 will be in Los Angeles. The formal bidding and selection process for 2032 edition will be held somewhere in 2025 (usually 7 years before the games). We are still in 2018 now but Indonesia is already eyeing to host 2032 Olympics. Great ambition. Why not Malaysia has such ambition too? We should at least put our hope in being determined to host Asian Games first and foremost. We have not hosted it before (Indonesia hosted it twice while our neighbour Thailand have hosted it 4 times already.
2022 Asian Games will be in Hangzhou, China while 2026 edition will be in Nagoya, Japan. So, we should eye for the 2030 spot. We should be financially stable and ready by that time (now we are in poor financial situation thanks to all the debt accumulated by our previous government). As for the 2032 Olympic bid, we can try to work and submit a co-host bid with Singapore as our country alone may not be good enough to host event of this magnitude.
(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)