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Jakarta Post

The Bakries cast spell on sports

  • Rendi A. Witular

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 17 2011   /  12:00 pm

Sporty guests: Indonesia’s national soccer team poses with members of the Bakrie family during a visit to Aburizal Bakrie’s home in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Dec. 20. The family frequently finances major sports organizations, particularly those that draw large crowds. Bola/Bayu MarhaenjatiThe Bakries, Indonesia’s most influential family, recently chalked up another headline following allegations of having turned the national soccer team into a political commodity.

Aside from having tentacles in the political sphere and business associations, the family has a long standing record as financier of several major sports organizations, particularly ones that organize events for sports that have the potential to attract huge crowds.  Aburizal Bakrie, the family’s patron and chairman of the powerful Golkar Party, is an aficionado of badminton, tennis and...