Indonesian child protection groups catch flak after cigarette brand-sponsored badminton club drops children’s tryouts

Should a tobacco company sponsor youth involvement in one of Indonesia’s most beloved sports? A couple of child protection groups were understandably against the idea, but now they’re facing a barrage of criticism in the country for causing a racket that led to the dissolution of a famous children’s badminton talent search program.

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Malaysia to file complaint against Indonesian supporters over FIFA World Cup qualifier violence

Malaysia to file complaint against Indonesian supporters over FIFA World Cup qualifier violence

Tensions flared between supporters of regional soccer rivals Indonesia and Malaysia after the two teams butted heads for the World Cup 2022 Qualifiers in Jakarta last night, with...

Nearly 13,000 police personnel deployed for Persija v Persib soccer match in GBK stadium

Nearly 13,000 police personnel deployed for Persija v Persib soccer match in GBK stadium

Soccer is undoubtedly the most popular sport in Indonesia, but the beautiful game can get extremely ugly when it comes to local rivalries, particularly that of Jakarta’s Persija...

Women’s soccer rejected as ‘haram’ by Islamic groups and scholars in Aceh

Women’s soccer rejected as ‘haram’ by Islamic groups and scholars in Aceh

Protesting an upcoming U-17 women's competition, Islamic organizations and ulema in Aceh said that playing soccer hurts the "dignity" of their women.

Indonesia set to host MotoGP in 2021 at Mandalika Circuit, soon to be built in Lombok

Indonesia set to host MotoGP in 2021 at Mandalika Circuit, soon to be built in Lombok

Great news for Indonesian MotoGP fans — in 2 years, you won’t have to fly somewhere like France, Japan or Malaysia to watch a race up close and in person.

Indonesia officially enters race to host 2032 Olympics

Indonesia officially enters race to host 2032 Olympics

Among the other heavyweight countries Indonesia will have to contend with to earn the 2032 hosting duties are Germany, Australia and India, as well as a joint bid from North and...

WATCH: ABC News documentary goes deep into the violent world of Indonesian soccer hooligan culture

WATCH: ABC News documentary goes deep into the violent world of Indonesian soccer hooligan culture

Titled “Inside the world's most dangerous football league”, the doc sheds light on how extreme soccer fanaticism can lead to extreme violence in Indonesia.

Persija Jakarta striker Marko Simic faces allegations of sexual assault on flight to Australia

Persija Jakarta striker Marko Simic faces allegations of sexual assault on flight to Australia

Marko Simic, star striker for the Indonesian capital’s soccer club, Persija Jakarta, has been accused of indecently touching a woman without her consent on a flight from Bali to...

Indonesian police inspect Nike factory in search for Air Max shoes allegedly containing the word ‘Allah’ on sole

Indonesian police inspect Nike factory in search for Air Max shoes allegedly containing the word ‘Allah’ on sole

Over the past week, Muslims all over the world have been pressuring Nike to redesign the logo on the soles of their Nike Air Max shoes because it allegedly resembles the Arabic...

Soccer superfan Ronaldikin, Indonesian doppelganger of Brazil legend Ronaldinho, passes away at 49

Soccer superfan Ronaldikin, Indonesian doppelganger of Brazil legend Ronaldinho, passes away at 49

His uncanny resemblance to the Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldinho led him to star in various commercials and TV shows


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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.