Roach says Gesta ‘looking good’ ahead of world title bout MOST READ The 18th Asian Games in Indonesia will provide a glimpse of what it feels like playing in the biggest sports meet of the continent.Erick Thohir, president of the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc), recently announced they would hold test events for nine sports next month to simulate the fierce competition at the Asian quadrennial meet to be held in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Test events in archery, athletics, basketball, boxing, football, weightlifting, volleyball indoor, taekwondo and pencak silat are scheduled Feb. 10 to 18 with 1,991 athletes and 487 officials from 45 countries expected to participate.Thohir, who also sits as president of the Indonesian Olympic Committee, said they were looking at 9,500 athletes, 20,000 volunteers, 3,500 media personnel, 2,500 VIPs and 5,500 technical officials to attend the Games set Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“Indonesia is a part of globalization and sports is for unity,” Thohir told the Inquirer. “Our country is multicultural so respect for culture is very important and we want to show this image as part of globalization.”A total of 462 gold medals will be offered from 40 sports and 67 disciplines, 28 of them Olympic sports contested in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games. Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES View comments “The number of sports and events are already final but we will allow changes on the type of events to be played,” said Thohir, adding that accreditation for all participants, including members of the media, will begin within the month.Athletics will offer the most number of golds in 48 events while swimming will dangle 41 gold medals. Palembang will host 11 sports while the rest will be played in Jakarta.Filipinos brought home one gold, three silver and 11 bronze medals from the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.Thohir said a torch relay would be held six weeks before the Games. The relay would go through 10,000 kilometers covering six major cities in Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.