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Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are both keen to bring the Olympics to their countries. (© Nikkei montage/Source photos by Getty Images)
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Indonesia and India seek Olympic glory with rival bids

Both see 2032 Games as a chance to step out as global powers

SHOTARO TANI and KIRAN SHARMA, Nikkei staff writers | Indonesia

JAKARTA/NEW DELHI -- Indonesian officials can almost see it now: In 2032, the world's best athletes will converge on the archipelago for the first Olympics in Southeast 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. His government formally submitted a bid to the International Olympic Committee in February. But as other Asian countries look to build soft power and rev up their own economies, there is likely to be serious competition.

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