Cyclists can now hire motorcycle taxi drivers as security escorts amid rise in muggings

With the cycling boom in Jakarta amid the pandemic drawing out cyclists with expensive new bikes, it was only a matter of time before they became the target of criminals. And with more frequent reports of cyclists getting mugged on the road, the city’s motorcycle taxi drivers, locally known as online ojek or ojol for short, can now be hired to provide some needed peace of mind.

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President Joko Widodo wants Indonesia to show it’s still ready to host 2021 U-20 World Cup

President Joko Widodo wants Indonesia to show it’s still ready to host 2021 U-20 World Cup

Lovers of the beautiful game have been eagerly anticipating the 2021 U-20 (Under 20) World Cup in Indonesia, but, like many other sporting events around the world, plans to hold...

Do you even disinfect, bro?: Indonesia orders strict health precautions as gyms set to reopen

Do you even disinfect, bro?: Indonesia orders strict health precautions as gyms set to reopen

Disinfectant spray is going to be an essential gym item as Indonesia looks set to lift restrictions on indoor exercise activities.

Spreading it out: Car Free Day to resume at 32 locations after brief cancellation

Spreading it out: Car Free Day to resume at 32 locations after brief cancellation

It appears that officials in Jakarta didn’t quite make up their minds yesterday when they announced the suspension of Car Free Day (CFD) after the event drew huge crowds during...

Thousands flock to GBK sports complex as Jakartans miss exercise and selfies

Thousands flock to GBK sports complex as Jakartans miss exercise and selfies

Jakarta’s most popular sports complex reopened over the weekend, opening the figurative floodgates to fitness enthusiasts, selfie takers, and everyone in between.

Jakarta government postpones Formula E race amid growing coronavirus cases

Jakarta government postpones Formula E race amid growing coronavirus cases

The first Formula E race in the country, initially scheduled for June 6, has been postponed indefinitely following an announcement from the Jakarta provincial government.

Indonesian soccer commentator under fire for sexist ‘joke’ on air

Indonesian soccer commentator under fire for sexist ‘joke’ on air

A soccer pundit in Indonesia has apologized for uttering highly offensive and sexist remarks while commentating a game on live TV amid public outcry across the country.

Jakarta’s Monas to host Indonesia’s first Formula E race following long and winding road to obtain permit

Jakarta’s Monas to host Indonesia’s first Formula E race following long and winding road to obtain permit

The National Monument (Monas), the iconic landmark that towers at the heart of Central Jakarta, is set to host the first Formula E race in the country with the resolution of a...

Police seize UK-made Brompton folding bikes for not adhering to Indonesian quality control

Police seize UK-made Brompton folding bikes for not adhering to Indonesian quality control

Bromptons have got a pretty bad rep in Indonesia ever since the disgraced former boss of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia smuggled a couple of the premium folding bikes into the...

Aceh tsunami survivor Martunis getting married, says his idol Cristiano Ronaldo might attend wedding ‘if he’s not busy’

Aceh tsunami survivor Martunis getting married, says his idol Cristiano Ronaldo might attend wedding ‘if he’s not busy’

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo might attend an Indonesian wedding soon, according to someone who holds special significance to the Juventus forward.


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Coconuts Jakarta Sports

Despite Indonesia having never won anything of importance in the international scene, the most popular sport in Jakarta is undoubtedly football. Yet football fanaticism in the capital, particularly by supporters of local club Persija, has reared its ugly head on several occasions, as matches against rival teams from other cities can bring out the worst of vandalizing hooligans. But sport remains an important way to unwind for Jakartans in this hustle and bustle city. Open space, such as sports fields and courts, is limited, so many sporting activities take place in sports complexes like the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium or in many smaller ones in neighborhoods around the capital.