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No downside to Jokowi's Olympic dream

Bid for Indonesia to host 2032 Games could take euphoria from Asiad to election season

The surprise announcement last Saturday 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, ahead of what is expected to be a divisive presidential race between Mr Joko and his old rival Prabowo Subianto.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 06, 2018, with the headline 'No downside to Jokowi's Olympic dream'. Print Edition | Subscribe