(15 Aug 2018) About 12,000 athletes, support staff and officials, and 5,000 journalists are expected in Indonesia for the 18th Asian Games, which open officially on Saturday and run until 2 September.
The Games are being staged in the capital, Jakarta, as well as Palembang on the island of Sumatra, and in West Java.
It's the second time Indonesia has hosted the games.
The first in 1962 was under the country's founding president Sukarno, who wanted to showcase Indonesia and himself as a leader of nations who'd thrown off colonial Western rule.
Indonesia, projected to be among the world's 10 biggest economies by 2030, wants to use the 2018 Games to show it is capable of hosting even bigger sports events.
Parts of Jakarta have been dramatically spruced up as the city readies to welcome the tens of thousands of athletes and visitors.
Security will be tight - Indonesia is deploying 100,000 police and soldiers, and has another 100,000 on standby, to protect the Games, the biggest event ever held in Jakarta.
Despite a massive counter-terrorism crackdown since the 2002 Bali bombings, the past several years have seen increased activity by militants who've been reinvigorated by the extremism of the Islamic State group.
Local militants have carried out unsophisticated but still deadly attacks across Indonesia, including in Jakarta.
Their ideological leader was sentenced to death in June and police have arrested more than 280 suspected militants and killed 21 following suicide bombings in the second-largest city Surabaya in May.
But Indonesia's deputy chief of police believes the security forces will be able to detect and prevent any possible attack, pointing to their recent success in foiling a plot by a radical group who planned to target the Games.
Indonesia had less than the usual amount of time to prepare after the original host country, Vietnam, withdrew because of financial problems.
Known for some of the world's most congested traffic and creaking infrastructure, Jakarta initially seemed unprepared for the challenge of hosting a major sports event.
But officials are confident everything is ready.
Organisers must also work hard to avoid scratching any of the sore diplomatic points between the 45 countries and territories competing.
Referring to the controversy over Indonesia's flag being printed upside down in publications for the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia last year, a leading member of the organising committee says Indonesia will be at pains to not cause any offence.
Gatot S. Dewa Broto, who as sports ministry secretary is a member of the organising committee, says Indonesia wants to show the world it is "a very good host country".
The Games are being held at what is domestically a trying time for Indonesia.
An earthquake on the island of Lombok last week killed more than 430 people and the country is beginning what's expected to be eight months of presidential election campaigning that trades on religious and ethnic divides.
Any significant problems or successes at the Asian Games will reflect on the incumbent president Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
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