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Fireworks explode over the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium during the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games at in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
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Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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Dancers perform during the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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Flag bearers stand in the stadium during the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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Fireworks explode over the stadium to conclude the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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China's Olympic Committee chairman Gou Zhongwen hands the Olympic Council of Asia flag to Hangzhou Xu Liyi, the next host city mayor, left, during the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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The Afghanistan flag bearer marches into the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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A performer sings during the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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A music band performs during the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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Japan's swimmer Rikako Ikee carries her national flag into the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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Malaysian athletes participate in the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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Spectators film the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games on their mobile phones in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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China's Olympic Committee chairman Gou Zhongwen, left, receives the torch from Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan, right, as Olympic Council of Asia president Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, centre, watches during the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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Artists perform a music show during the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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Mayor of Hangzhou Xu Liyi, the next host city, waves the Olympic Flag of Asia during the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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Fireworks explode over the stadium during the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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Fireworks explode over the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium during the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games at in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
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Korean band Super Junior perform during the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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Updated 02 September 2018

Olympic dreams as Asian Games close in Jakarta

The 18th Asian Games closed in a glittering ceremony in Jakarta on Sunday as hosts Indonesia dreamed of stepping up to host the Olympics in 2032.
Thousands of athletes in ponchos marched in heavy rain at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium at the close of a two-week tournament featuring 40 sports.
"I declare the 18th Asian Games closed," Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, president of the Olympic Council of Asia, told the packed crowd.
"You did it! You made the energy of Asia come through... Jakarta has the capability to host any such major international event," he added.

(Photo courtesy: AP )