The organising committee of the 2018 Asian Games multi-sport event in Indonesia has defended its “overpriced” tickets to the Jakarta administration.

The event is being co-hosted by the cities of Jakarta and Palembang between August 18 and September 2.

Tickets go on sale to the public at the end of this month, with the cheapest tickets for a sports session costing around $2, with the average price around $7. Tickets for the opening ceremony will cost between $52 and $139.

The Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno said he was shocked at the prices and that the organising committee (INASGOC) should find a way to provide cheaper tickets, according to Tempo.co.

“Perhaps by offering 20 per cent discount for students and look for multiple sponsors that can give out discount or promo for the public,” he said.

However, INASGOC ticketing director Sarman Simanjorang said the price was set based on discussions with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

He also noted that the cost of the tickets was adjusted based on the popularity of the Asian Games.

Last month, the multi-sport event linked up with KiosTix as it looks to surpass 1.3 million ticket sales. With the help of KiosTix, which usually provides tickets for music concerts and exhibitions, Asian Games organisers are selling tickets for 40 sports, 67 disciplines and 463 events.

President of INASGOC, Erick Thohir, said at a joint press conference in Jakarta in June: “We are making the Asian Games accessible to everyone in Indonesia with the pricing policy, and this partnership with KiosTix will help the public buy tickets in advance. This is the first time this has happened in Indonesia for an international sports event.”

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