Jakarta, MINA — IIndonesia’s President Joko Widodo has announced that the country plans to bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games, following a meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach here in the capital this morning, insidethegames reported.
Following an hour-long meeting at the Presidential Palace, Widodo announced that the success of the ongoing Asian Games has shown Indonesia has the ability to host on a larger scale.
The Asian Games is the second largest multi-sport event behind the Olympics.
A total of 45 nations are competing across 60 different sporting disciplines at this year’s edition.
It was awarded to Indonesia just four years ago after Vietnam pulled out for financial reasons and while there have been some issues, especially regarding ticketing and transport, the Games has been widely praised for its organisation.
“After the excellent experience of the Asian Games we now believe that we can host the very biggest sporting event,” Widodo said.
“In Indonesia we believe we can host the Olympic Games 2032.”
Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is one of those to have praised the event, while Bach claimed Indonesia has shown it has “all the ingredients” to host a successful Olympics.
“Here in Indonesia there is a great combination of friendliness and efficiency and this us what the Games are about,” Bach said.
“The Asian Games build a very solid foundation for such a candidature.
“It is a great decision which gives the youth of this young country a vision for the future and capitalises on the success of the Asian Games.” (T/RS5/RS1)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)