Jokowi hopes to host the 2036 Olympics in the new capital Nusantara


JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network): President Joko ‘Jokowi’Widodo appears to have reignited his lofty ambitions of hosting an international sports tournament by constructing new state-of-the-art sports training facilities in the country’s new capital, Nusantara. , in East Kalimantan, as part of the country’s bid to host the 2036 Olympics.

Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali said Wednesday after a meeting with Jokowi and the head of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) Mochamad Iriawan at the State Palace that the president had called to the construction of new football training facilities in Nusantara.

“The president has asked me and the PSSI to build football training facilities in Nusantara, the new capital of the country,” Zainudin said in a press statement, adding that the government would also build football facilities. facilities for other sports, including main and secondary facilities.

This, Zainudin said, would be part of the country’s preparations to launch a proposal to host the 2036 Olympics.

“The proposal will have [Nusantara] as a location,” Zainudin added. In response to Jokowi’s plans, the head of the Indonesian National Olympic Committee (NOC), Raja Sapta Oktohari, said in a statement on Thursday August 4 that the committee “will do everything it can” to make Indonesia the first ASEAN countries to organize the Olympic Games. .

“We welcome the President’s directive to participate in the bid for the 2036 Olympics, with the [country’s proposed] venue being in the new capital,” Raja said, adding that the country has established an ongoing dialogue with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Future Host Commission – a division within the IOC responsible for choosing host countries.

“With the new capital being the venue, we are optimistic that [Indonesia can win the bid for the 2036 Olympics]especially since one of the points assessed [by the IOC] is the blueprint for the place, as well as its sustainability and legacy,” added Raja.

“The country’s previous sporting experience included hosting the 2018 Asian Games in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang in South Sumatra in August, as well as the currently ongoing Asean Para Games in Surakarta, Central Java. .

“Indonesia also hosted the fourth Asian Games, in 1962. The Asian Games are recognized by the IOC as the largest multi-sports event after the Olympics and Indonesia’s hosting of the 2018 sporting event, which hosted some 12,000 athletes, proved to be largely successful, with tickets to sports venues almost always sold out.

Although it is unclear when the bid will start for the 2036 Olympics, any decision will take years, as the bid for the 2032 Olympics started in 2019, to be won by Australia, which will host the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane, 2021.

If Indonesia wins the bid to host the 2036 Olympics, experts say it will mark a step for Nusantara, the country’s new seat of democracy and governance, towards a more people-oriented capital.

“It will be a legacy for the Indonesian public,” sports expert Djoko Pekik Irianto said on Thursday.

“Basically, I agree with the initiative to bring the Olympics to Indonesia.” Djoko said proposing a new capital to host the Olympics could be an attractive factor for the IOC, but he also said there were many facilities the government needed to ensure were ready to compete. to host the Olympics.

These, he said, included IOC-compliant sports venues, an athletes’ village, as well as a host of support facilities, such as transport networks and health centres.

He also urged the government and lawmakers to be on the same page, to help prepare Nusantara to be a potential host for the 2036 Olympics. Jokowi first announced plans to move the capital away from Jakarta heavily crowded in 2019, before it was shelved due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the new capital project has seen significant progress, after lawmakers approved a bill in January that provides the legal framework for the development of the new capital.

Jokowi said in June that basic infrastructure development had started for Nusantara, he intends to officially make Nusantara the new capital of the country before the end of his term in 2024.

Nusantara will be located on 256,000 hectares in an area straddling the regencies of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara. According to the current plan, the project will cost 466 trillion rupees ($32.7 billion), of which 19% is expected to be financed from the state budget and the rest is expected to be financed by private sector and government investments. foreign investors. .


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