Jakarta eyes becoming Asian Games host

Jakarta eyes becoming Asian Games host
High-rise buildings in Jakarta.

The Jakarta administration has lobbied the central government and other Asian countries to host the next Asian Games in 2019, after Vietnam withdrew as the host for financial reasons.

Acting Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama said at City Hall on Friday that he would fly to Kuwait on July 25 to discuss the city's readiness to become the host of the big event.

"Jakarta last became the host of Asian Games in 1962. I think it is time for us to host it again," he said.

Ahok said he hoped the central government would help the city to prepare all necessary infrastructure, as well as sports and supporting facilities, including the renovation of Gelora Bung Karno sports stadium in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

"We will also immediately build the BMW Park stadium in North Jakarta, so it can accommodate around 80,000 spectators," he said.

He added that the city would also intensify the construction of the mass rapid transit (MRT), light rail transit (LRT) and roads in order to enable the city to host the prestigious event.

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