The Jakarta Post
Indonesia’s hopes to host the 2019 Asian Games faltered on Thursday, following a vote by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) general assembly in favor of Hanoi over Surabaya, East Java.
The Vietnamese capital won 29 votes out of 43, while the remaining 14 countries voted for Surabaya.
United Arab Emirates’ Dubai had failed to qualify for the bidding due to lack of administrative affairs.
“We obviously are sad and disappointed. But we have to accept this result,” said the Indonesian Olympic Committee chairwoman Rita Subowo from Macau where the assembly took place.
Indonesia — which had only hosted the Asian Games once in 1962 — was named as the host for the Asian Youth Games in 2021.
OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah said Hanoi, which hosted the 2003 Southeast Asian Games and the 2009 Asian Indoor Games, was convincingly ready to host t...