Jakarta — Low-priced tickets will be available for students who want to witness the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra next month. More than 10,000 athletes from 45 countries are expected to compete in the mega event. A public debate was ignited recently, when the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc) released the event’s ticket pricing through Kiostix.com. The ticket prices ranged from Rp 750,000 ($51.68) to Rp 5 million for the opening ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Jakarta on August 18. For the closing ceremony in early September, tickets were available at between Rp 450,000 and Rp 2 million. The cheapest tickets for the event’s competitions were sold for Rp 50,000, which is still expensive in Indonesia, where the annual income per capita is $4,000. “We are planning to have special prices for students, some tickets will be even free. We’ll announce the details later,” Inasgoc deputy for operations Harry Warganegara Harun said on Thursday (19/07). “As for the opening, the price is relatively low compared with other sporting events,” he said, adding that the Olympics and European Games can charge even between $500 and $2,000 for the opening ceremonies. BBC Indonesia reported that the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) set the prices based on a recent study by British research agency Kantar TNS. According to Kantar, Indonesians are willing to pay more for the Asian Games, particularly in Jakarta. “Based on Kantar’s document, people on average want to pay Rp 300,000 for regular seats and Rp 1.8 million for VIP seats,” BBC reported. Inasgoc chairman Erick Thohir said recently that 10,000 out of 40,000 tickets available for the opening have already been sold out. The 2018 Asian Games will stage elite competitions for 46 sports, with athletes aiming for 463 gold medals.