Government confident that they can finish construction on competition venues in time for 2018 Asian Games

We wouldn’t blame you if you totally forgot about it amidst the endless news about protests, trials, accusations, more protests, bans, etc, but Jakarta is supposed to be getting ready to host a major sporting event next year Officials in the capital, as well as Palembang in Sumatra, have been preparing for the 2018 Asian Games since Indonesia was awarded hosting duties by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in...

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5 cool things to do in Jakarta (Jan 13-16)

Cheer on hard-hitting MMA warriors at ONE: Championship (Saturday night) Fans of mixed martial arts in Jakarta can enjoy an action-packed start to the new year at “ONE:...

5 cool things to do in Jakarta (Jan 13-16)

Old clashes with new as Indonesian weightlifters go for gold

Inside a spartan weightlifting gym in Indonesia, teenagers chalk their hands, grit their teeth and thrust faded metal barbells above their heads, hopeful of Olympic glory Many...

Ahay! Adult film star Vicky Vette promises to throw party with Indonesian players if they win AFF Cup

For some unfathomable reason, one of the biggest fans of the Indonesian men’s national football team is Norwegian adult film superstar Vicky Vette, who is, as some of you might...

Ahay! Adult film star Vicky Vette promises to throw party with Indonesian players if they win AFF Cup

Indonesia beats Thailand 2-1 in first leg of AFF Suzuki Cup final

Indonesia's dream of winning the AFF Suzuki championship is just a step away, after they defeated defending champions Thailand 2-1 on Wednesday in Bogor,...

Indonesia beats Thailand 2-1 in first leg of AFF Suzuki Cup final

Indonesia wins over Vietnam for spot in AFF Suzuki Cup final

Vietnam and Indonesia drew 2-2 after extra time at the second leg of the Suzuki Cup semi-finals today, ensuring the Garuda a spot in the final after a hard-fought battle against...

Indonesia wins over Vietnam for spot in AFF Suzuki Cup final

WATCH: Uplifting story of HIV+ boxer creating a community gym to battle addiction and discrimination

Ginan Koesmayadi, the founder of Rumah Cemara in Bandung, notes at the beginning of this video that a lack of education means there is still a strong stigma attached to HIV/AIDS...

Ancient Indonesian martial art “pencak silat” seeks global spotlight

Some fight with machetes three-feet long, others are armed with daggers curved like the claws of big cats, while other combatants rely on only their minds This is the world of...

Ancient Indonesian martial art “pencak silat” seeks global spotlight

Police on hooligan alert as hundreds of Persebaya fans descend to Jakarta for PSSI Congress

The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) Congress is underway today in Ancol, North Jakarta, in which the scandal-laden organization is expected to elect its new...

Police on hooligan alert as hundreds of Persebaya fans descend to Jakarta for PSSI Congress

WATCH: Water polo fight leads to massive brawl between supporters at Indonesian National Games

Brawls between football supporters happen in Indonesia all the time But you’d think a sport like water polo would attract a more civilized class of spectator Well, here in...

WATCH: Water polo fight leads to massive brawl between supporters at Indonesian National Games

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.