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Will Indonesia's infrastructure be ready for Asian Games?

President's re-election hopes depend on it

People take pictures in front of a sign in Jakarta highlighting the Asian Games the city will host next year.

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo is pinning his 2019 re-election hopes on the success of the Asian Games preceding it here. But with less than a year until the opening ceremony, related infrastructure work risks embarrassing delays.

The Olympic Council of Asia organizes the quadrennial gathering, where 10,000 or so athletes from 40-plus nations compete in swimming, wrestling and other conventional Olympic categories as well as such regional sports as wushu martial arts and sepak takraw kick volleyball.

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