President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed his Cabinet members to prepare a road map for the country's bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games as Indonesia is set to compete with other countries in the bidding process.
In a limited Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Jokowi asked for the plan to be prepared thoroughly since the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is expected to start the host selection process as late as 2023.
“I want to bring to mind that the 2018 Asian Games and Para Games have been successfully held [in Indonesia]. It brings a sense of confidence and is an eye-opener for the world that Indonesia is a good host for international events,” Jokowi said during the opening of the meeting.
The bid to host the Olympic Games was an effort to improve the country's image and dignity, Jokowi said, adding that the government should use the plan to improve, among other things, preparation of sports infrastructure, athlete’s achievement and to increase global visibility for the organizing city.
The President, who had expressed interest in hosting the event since 2018, also appreciated a new norm established by the IOC to promote simpler and more cost-effective Olympic Games, urging the government to study and adapt to the appeal.
Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali said Jokowi had ordered his aides to establish a dedicated committee to prepare the hosting bid, including its budget, proposal and feasibility studies. The team would involve the Indonesian Sports Council (KONI) and other related government institutions.
The minister said the Cabinet had yet to discuss possible host cities and other details related to the Games. “We will concentrate on the bidding first, how [Indonesia] can be appointed as the host," Zainudin said after the meeting.
Indonesia's National Olympic Committee (NOC) chair Raja Sapta Oktohari said the government was quite confident in its bid, citing the country’s relatively stable weather and temperature as well as security and vast natural and culinary attraction as the reasons.
The Southeast Asian country is likely to compete against India, Qatar, Germany, Spain and Australia in hosting the 2032 Olympic Games.
Raja expected to add five new sports to the required 28, hinting that one of them might be Indonesian traditional martial arts pencak silat. He also said the new norm from the IOC would allow the Games to be held in multiple cities.
“If Indonesia is chosen, it will mark a new history of the first time the Olympic is held in Southeast Asian country,” he said.
KONI chairman Marciano Norman expressed hopes that the soon-to-be finalized national sports system grand design by the sports ministry could help athletes across the country prepare for the Olympics.
Editor's note: Paragraph two has been edited for accuracy.