Olympics: Indonesia submits formal bid for 2032 Games after successfully hosting 2018 Asian Games

A formal bid letter was submitted to the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne last week. PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia has submitted a bid to host the 2032 Olympics, officials said on Tuesday (Feb 19), after the biggest South-east Asian nation's widely lauded handling of the Asian Games last year.

Mr Muliaman Hadad, Indonesia's Ambassador to Switzerland, submitted a formal bid letter from President Joko Widodo to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne last week, the foreign ministry confirmed.

"This is the right moment to show Indonesia's capability as a big country," he said in a statement made public this week.

Mr Joko 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 edition, 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 summer Olympics will be in 2020 in Tokyo, while Paris will host it in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028.

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