No downside to Jokowi's Olympic dream

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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