Jakarta opens race to host 2032 Olympics, submits first official bid

Indonesia has submitted a bid to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in its capital city, Jakarta.

The race for the 2032 Games does not officially open until 2023, but Jakarta has moved quickly to become the first city to declare its candidacy off the back of its hosting of last year’s Asian Games, which took place in Jakarta and Palembang.

The Asian Games was the biggest sporting event Indonesia has hosted to date and was viewed by many as a dry-run for an eventual Olympic Games.

Muliaman D Hadad, Indonesia’s ambassador to Switzerland who delivered the letter confirming the bid, said that the International Olympic Committee believes the Asian Games has provided a “strong foundation” for hosting future events, Reuters reports.

The winning bid is expected to be announced in 2025.

Asia is increasingly dominating the Olympic sphere. Following last year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the next two Games will be held in Tokyo and Beijing. Indonesia’s rivals for 2032 are expected to include a joint bid from North and South Korea, as well as a probable bid from India to host the games in either New Delhi or Mumbai.

Indonesia’s neighbours in Singapore and Malaysia are also reported to be plotting a joint proposal to host the games.

Furthermore, major Asia-based sponsors such as Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba and Japanese tyre manufacturer Bridgestone have signed up as commercial partners of the IOC in recent years.

Other bids for 2032 are expected from Germany – which has proposed an innovative regional hosting strategy utilising venues in 13 cities – and Egypt, which has outlined an ambitious plan to bid for both the 2032 Olympics and the 2030 Fifa World Cup.