Tsunekazu Takeda described the Jakarta International Equestrian Park Pulomas as "fantastic" ©Getty Images

Two-time Olympic equestrian rider and President of the Japanese Olympic Committee Tsunekazu Takeda recently described the equestrian venue for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta Palembang as “fantastic”.

The main facilities of the venue, which is known as the Jakarta International Equestrian Park Pulomas, includes a grandstand for 1,000 spectators, a 3.7 kilometre cross-country course, four two-storey blocks of stables for 156 horses, a 91-room dormitory for the grooms, four arenas, including an indoor arena and a VIP ballroom. VIP ballroom,

“It is a fantastic building,” Takeda, who also chairs the Olympic Council of Asia Coordination Committee for Jakarta Palembang 2018, said.

“I was very impressed with all aspects of the equestrian park - the main competition arena, the grandstand for the spectators, the stables, the offices...there is enough space for all the facilities needed to hold a top-class international event like the Asian Games.

“It is a very high standard – at international level and one of the best equestrian centres in South East Asia.”

Organisers say the venues will be ready in time for the Games ©OCA
Organisers say the venues will be ready in time for the Games ©OCA

The construction of the venue started in 2017 and the first test events took place at the end of last year.

The sand for the main arena will be a mixture from Sumatra in Indonesia and Germany.

During his visit to Jakarta, the JOC President also held detailed discussions with key stakeholders, including the Organising Committee of the Games

Takeda competed for Japan in showjumping at the Munich 1972 and Montreal 1976 Olympic Games before going on to coach the Japanese equestrian team at Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992.

The equestrian event at Jakarta 2018 will see several horses from Europe, as well as Asian countries, head to Indonesia.

Doping samples from the horses during the Games will be sent to the United Kingdom for analysis during the Games.