According to the Indonesian press, The Land of thousands of islands officially entered the race to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2032.
Following a meeting with Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang last year, Indonesian President Joko Widodo spoke for the first time about his intention to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2032. Now, according to Indonesian news agency Antara News, Swiss Ambassador to Switzerland Muliaman Hadad has handed Mr. Bach a letter with the content saying Indonesia is ready to become the host country of the 2032 Olympic Games.
According to Indonesian media, President Widodo was the signer of the letter. Antara News further informed that Ambassador Hadad received positive feedback from IOC Managing Director Christophe Dubi and promised to continue to inform Indonesia of the Olympic host country selection process.
Antara News quoted Ambassador Hadad as saying: “IOC recognized Indonesia’s ability after the successful Asian Games and Para Games 2018. I think that is a really strong foundation”.
Indonesia’s ambition to run the 2032 Olympic Games was first hinted at by the chairman of the 2018 Asian Games Organizing Committee Erick Thohir in June last year, before President Widido officially announced the country’s intention. in August.
Indonesian media quoted President Widodo at the time, saying: “After the great experience of the Asian Games, we now believe we can host the biggest sporting event. In Indonesia, we believe we can host the 2032 Olympic Games”.
However, there were problems with the Asian Games last year, including a serious ticket system problem that resulted in many large stadiums being left without an audience. Jakarta’s worst traffic congestion also makes it difficult to move between venues in the city, although the tournament is still considered a total success.
Not only Indonesia, India also expressed interest in hosting the largest sporting event on the planet in 2032 as well as Australia and Germany, while North Korean and South Korean officials had just held a meeting with IOC on February 15 regarding the co-organization plan. In it, Mr. Bach seems very welcome to the idea of co-hosting of Pyongyang – Seoul, when constantly talking about the role of the Olympics in the peace process in the Korean peninsula.
However, Mr. Bach also expressed confidence that Indonesia can also organize very successfully an Olympic. While visiting the Asian Games last August, the IOC President once said: “In Indonesia there is a great combination of friendliness and efficiency, and that is what the Olympic aims for Asian Games have built a very solid foundation for Indonesia’s hosting”.
The host country of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be announced in 2025 at the IOC Conference, which is also the time Mr. Bach ends his 12-year term as IOC President.