IOC President Thomas Bach welcomes support by G20 Chair and President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo

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16 Nov 2022 – “We are immensely grateful to the Chair of the G20 Leaders’ Summit, President Joko Widodo, for the support he expressed with regard to the political neutrality of sport and for emphasising the unifying power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said President Thomas Bach.

“This support is of invaluable importance in these very divisive times, and particularly coming from the Chair of the G20 Summit.

“In this spirit, the IOC warmly welcomes the readiness of Indonesia to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2036 in the new capital of Indonesia Nusantara.

“Having seen a presentation of the Nusantara project and the progress already achieved, I am deeply impressed by the vision of President Widodo to develop this city as a model for sustainable living, with a special emphasis on health and sport,” added the IOC President. 

The statement by President Widodo follows the address by IOC President Bach to the G20 leaders on the opening day of the summit in Bali yesterday.

The IOC Future Host Commission will immediately make contact with Indonesia through the IOC Member in Indonesia, Erick Thohir, and the NOC, led by its President Raja Sapta Oktohari.

Please find here the statement given by G20 Chair and President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo.