Indonesia and the ‘Nusantara project’: the Olympic Games 2036 in a ghost town in the face of the threat of Qatar

The Olympic Games, and competitions of the same nature, have become in recent years a port where the ships of the strangest, most innovative and futuristic projects come to dock. Ideas in many cases crazy that are supported by large economic investments and tourism and urban expansion programs.

The last Tokyo 2020 Olympic Gamesheld in 2021 due to the effects of the pandemic, will give way in less than two years to those of Paris in 2024. And then, the IOC It has already chosen which will be the venues for the next two editions. The Angels returns strong in 2028 and brisbane will be the exotic option of Australia by 2032.

Asia, Europe, America, Oceania and… 2036 will arrive and the IOC will have to choose where it is going. Many voices already point to a return to Asia. Specifically to a country that would host its first Olympic Games. At the moment, the cities that have presented their intention to opt to host the next Olympic Games are London, istanbul, Budapest, vladivostok Y wuhan.

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Together with all of them there is also the great project of Qatar, who wants to pass the Soccer World Cup what for Doha achieve the Olympic Games in the year 2036. And this week a new initiative has also been presented, that of Indonesia. The Asian country has surprised everyone by announcing its project at the hands of the International Olympic Committee. But the most shocking of all is that they want to bring the most important sporting event on the planet to a city that doesn’t exist: nusantara.

Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia

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The Indonesian project

Joko WidodoPresident of Indonesia, took advantage of the last meeting of the G20 on the island of Bali to present to the world his great political-sporting challenge. This is a magnanimous project to try to get the organization of the Olympic Games in the year 2036. An announcement that has generated a great stir since in the conference in which the program was made public there was also Thomas BachPresident of the IOC.

This fact has been interpreted as striking support for a candidacy that is still in its initial phase, since it is scheduled to be carried out in Nusantara, an urban project in the country that will not see the light of day until 2024, since it is a non-existent city: “I have broadcast Indonesia’s preparations to host the 2036 Olympic Games in the capital city of Nusantara.”

Indonesia had been considering the idea of ​​hosting the Olympic Games for some time, or at least trying to. For this reason, the first name that was written down was that of jakarta, its capital. However, the political line marked by Widodo and his entire team points towards the consecration of Nusantara as the great national city. Jakarta will not lose all of its heyday, but it will lose a good part of it. Therefore, it was acceptable to move this magnanimous project to a new location.

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Nusantara’s problem is that it doesn’t exist yet. The plans of the Widodo Executive are to advance construction during the year 2024 in two districts in the eastern part of the island of Borneo. The new administrative capital of the country will be established there. This idea is fully supported by the Indonesian Minister of Youth and Sports, Zainudin Amali. Together they want to fight for this important challenge and convince the IOC that their project is the ideal one to launch a new message of growth and expansion to the world.

Indonesia already had in mind to attack this challenge for the year 2032, however, the fact of not arriving on time with the works caused Brisbane to get ahead of them. At that moment they decided that it was best to wait until the next opportunity to attack it with the greatest of energy. “Our intention to present the candidacy is very serious,” said Widodo.

For its part, the IOC has been dazzled by Indonesia’s plans for growth and in which they want to embrace sport in a significant way: “The project it fits very well into the IOC’s philosophy for the future of the Olympic Games. Furthermore, Indonesia is a great example of harmony and diversity, of coexistence between different cultures and religions.”

It is expected that during 2023 the first advances can be made on the ground of the new Nusantara and that in August 2024 a first inauguration can be carried out. The project will cost 45,000 million with the aim of accelerating as much as possible the coming to light of this magnanimous program with which it is intended to create a strategy to reduce the inequality of development between Java and other islands in the Indonesian archipelago.

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To that dizzying investment must also be added the amount that the country’s government decides to invest to shape the Olympic project. However, Nusantara is expected to emerge as an eminently sports city that enters the wheel of the great capitals and cities of the world accustomed to hosting first-level events and championships.

Aerial view of Nusantara, the city that Indonesia wants to build in Borneo

Aerial view of Nusantara, the city that Indonesia wants to build in Borneo

an asian war

The International Olympic Committee has a difficult task ahead. The fight to organize the Olympic Games of 2036 is going to be fierce. Europe and America start with little chance of success, but there are cities like istanbul who are convinced that their program will be chosen. At least, the city that has the support of the president erdoğan and of his Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu It has an important cultural mix, always being a continuous bridge between Europe and Asia.

However, everything indicates that it will be a great Asian war that Indonesia now wants to enter with the Nusantara project. However, it will not be the only big winning asset, since there is also the Qatar project with Doha at the helm. The Royal Family of the Qatari state has set its sights on the next Olympic event to be assigned and they want to achieve this historic victory with the help of petrodollars.

In recent years they have already managed to fully enter sports such as athletics, Formula 1, MotoGP or tennis. Two of his latest conquests, recently materialized, have been the world of paddle tennis with the creation of the circuit of premier tourlead by Qatar Sports Investments under the figure of Nasser Al-Khelaifiand the Soccer World Cupwhose organization was assigned by the FIFA in 2010, but it was as the date got closer that it became the protagonist, especially for negative reasons.

If Qatar manages to get out of this challenge gracefully and with positive connotations, it will receive a very important boost when it comes to facing new projects such as those Olympic Games of the year 2036. Qatar wants to win the war against its geographical rivals and achieve that recognition ahead of time. from countries like United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and above all, Saudi Arabia.

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Opposite will be Indonesia, although it remains to be seen if the IOC would really dare to concede to a city that such an important project does not exist. To support this theory is, precisely, Qatar’s great rival, Saudi Arabia. your project Trojenaa winter sports resort facing the desert in the ghost town of Neom, has managed to win the 2030 Asian Winter Games.

For this reason, Nusantara wants to become the new Neom and find her particular Trojena to win the great war against Qatar and Doha, who do not see rivals among the rest of the candidates, but have activated all the alerts when they see the support she has shown the IOC to Indonesia and its futuristic plan.

Indonesia and the ‘Nusantara project’: the Olympic Games 2036 in a ghost town in the face of the threat of Qatar