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Jakarta the focus of 2032 Olympics bid, NOC says

The downtown skyline of capital Jakarta, Indonesia, is seen on the day before 'No-Car Day' is held in Jakarta September 21, 2007 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo by Dimas Ardian/Getty Images)

Indonesia’s bid to host the 2032 Olympics Games is focusing on Jakarta, and not the country’s mooted new capital city, the Indonesian National Olympic Committee has said.

The Jakarta Post reported that the NOC president Raja Sapta Oktohari said: “During my communication with [President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo], no other place was mentioned, only Jakarta. Anything else is mere speculation.”

Two weeks ago, it was reported that the president wanted to shift the bid to Indonesia’s planned new capital city on the island of Borneo. The report also said the president was in discussions with Japanese investment group Softbank to back the bid.

Oktohari said moving the bid would mean building new venues for the Olympics, which would likely violate International Olympic Committee sustainability goals.

Other venues considering bidding for the 2032 Games include Brisbane, Delhi, Seoul and Pyongyang in a joint bid, a group of cities in Northern Italy, Madrid, the Rhine-Ruhr region, Rotterdam and Amsterdam in a joint bid, and Kiev and Minsk in a joint bid.