The Ambassador to Switzerland says the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation has a ‘strong foundation’ to host games.
State news agency Antara reported on Tuesday that Indonesia’s ambassador to Switzerland, Muliaman Hadad, submitted a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last week from President Joko Widodo.
“The IOC has acknowledged Indonesia’s capabilities during the Asian Games and Asian Paragames of 2018,” Antara quoted Ambassador Muliaman D Hadad as saying.
“This is the right moment to show Indonesia’s capability as a big country,” Hadad said in a statement made public this week.
Widodo publicly expressed Indonesia’s interest in hosting the 2032 event in the capital, Jakarta, during last year’s Asian Games — the world’s second biggest multi-sport event behind the Olympics.
India has also expressed an interest in hosting the 2032 games while North and South Korea have said they might enter a joint bid.
The IOC will announce the 2032 host by 2025. If successful, Indonesia would be the fourth Asian Olympics host after Japan, South Korea and China.
The next Olympics will be in 2020 in Tokyo, while Paris will host it in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028.