No downside to Jokowi's Olympic dream

Many noted the Asian Games helped President Joko Widodo bolster his credibility among young people, particularly with his cameo at the opening ceremony for the games on Aug 18. PHOTO: AFP
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JAKARTA - The surprise announcement last Saturday (Sept 1) that Indonesia plans to throw its hat in the ring to host the 2032 Olympics was a master-stroke by President Joko Widodo, likely designed to take the euphoria from the Asian Games straight into the upcoming election season.

The country could do with more of the feel-good factor spilling over from its successful hosting of the 18th Asiad, which ended on Sunday (Sept 2), ahead of what is expected to be a divisive presidential race between Mr Joko and his old rival Prabowo Subianto.

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