Introductory Remarks of President of the Republic of Indonesia at Limited Meeting on Indonesia’s Bid Plan to Host the 2032 Olympic Games, Wednesday, 4 November 2020 at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta
Date 4 November 2020
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
Honorable Vice President,
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.
Let me remind you that we have successfully organized the 2018 Asian Games and Asian Para Games. It has improved our confidence and is an eye-opener for the world that Indonesia is capable of hosting international events. Therefore, in 2018 we have officially submitted a bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games. To host the 2032 Olympic Games, we have to compete with Australia, Germany, the Korean Unification, Qatar, China, and India. For that reason, I need to mention several points of note.
First, Indonesia’s bid to host the Olympic Games is not aimed at showing our power but a way to boost the image and dignity of the nation. The bid should be used as a momentum to organize, to improve several areas that need improvement, such as preparation of sports infrastructures, improvement of athletes’ performance, better global visibility as the host, and so on.
Second, I have received a report that the IOC (International Olympic Committee) has established new norms for a simpler and more cost-effective hosting of the Olympic Games. I think it is a good news, and we must study and adapt to it. The Olympics under this new philosophy no longer shows luxury, but it instead stresses on creativity and innovation to implement the new norms which will be more cost-effective and simple.
Third, I order the road map for Indonesia’s nomination to host the 2023 (Olympic Games) should be prepared based on the timeline set by the IOC. The host will be determined in 2024 and the selection process will begin no later than 2023. I think we must prepare the road map.
That concludes my remarks.
Translated by: Rany Anjany
Reviewed by: Mia Medyana