Indonesia ‘proud’ to host 2019 Asiad if selected

JAKARTA: Indonesia said Saturday it would be ‘proud’ to host the 2019 Asian Games after sports sources indicated it was the favourite to take on the event after Vietnam withdrew. Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung announced on Thursday that his country was pulling out of hosting the 2019 Games because of economic ‘difficulties’. Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) members confirmed to AFP that Indonesia is now the leading candidate but said more negotiations would be needed. “The Indonesian people would be proud of being the 2019 Asian Games host country after it held the Games several decades ago,” the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) official Ade Lukman told AFP. “It is very important for Indonesia if we are nominated as the Asian Games host country, as it will help create stronger interest in sports here and hopefully it will help improve the achievement of our athletes competing in the event,” he said. Staging the world’s second biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics requires hundreds of millions of dollars of investment. 

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