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Jakarta Post

Committee seeks Indonesian government support in 2032 Olympics bid

  • Rizki Fachriansyah
    Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 5, 2020   /   03:24 pm
Committee seeks Indonesian government support in 2032 Olympics bid Indonesia's National Olympic Committee (NOC) chief Raja Okto Saptahari speaks to journalists upon his appointment as the new NOC chief on Oct.9, replacing Erick Thohir who had just been appointed as the new State-Owned Enterprises Minister under President Joko Widodo's second-term Cabinet. (files) ( Majid)

Indonesia’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) has requested the government's full support as it strives to vie against several other countries to win the bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games.

NOC Indonesia president Raja Sapta Oktohari said he was optimistic that the country had a real shot at hosting the international sporting event, regardless of the competition.

Australia, India, Unified Korea, China and Germany have previously joined the bidding process, he said.

“Qatar wrote to the IOC [International Olympic Committee] stating its intention to join the bidding process last week,” Raja said in a written statement issued on Wednesday.

“More countries have conveyed their seriousness to host the 2032 Olympics, so should we.”

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If all goes according to plan, Indonesia could fulfill its dream of becoming the first Southeast Asian country to host the prestigious event, he said.

“The NOC needs major support from the government. All this time, we have yet to take significant steps to realize [our ambition] to host the event,” Raja added.

He went on to say that the NOC had previously gained support from news agencies and state-owned enterprises.

The hosting opportunity would help boost Indonesia’s reputation in the international community, while also positively changing the global perception of the archipelago, Raja said.

“We have to convince the world that our success in hosting the 2018 Asian Games and Asian Para Games is proof of Indonesia’s ability to host [the Olympics],” he added.

The NOC previously said the country had no city aside from Jakarta for its planned proposal to host the 2032 Olympics, ending recent speculation about possible plans to propose the country’s future capital in East Kalimantan as the host city.