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Indonesia and India seek Olympic glory with rival bids

Shotaro Tani and Kiran Sharma, Nikkei staff writers

Indonesian officials can almost see it now: in 2032, the world’s best athletes will converge on the archipelago for the first Olympics in south-east Asia, giving the country the ideal opportunity to showcase itself as an economic powerhouse. After successfully hosting the 2018 Asian Games, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo revealed Indonesia’s intention to stage the biggest international sporting event. The most formidable rival might be India, which has expressed its determination to bid and could make a strong case.