Sports

Minister suggests Jakarta schools close during Asian Games, students get credit for studying games instead

Minister suggests Jakarta schools close during Asian Games, students get credit for studying games instead

Sandiaga said students could be given assignments such as writing papers about the Asian Games or interviewing athletes. They can also learn from interacting with athletes and...

‘Inspirational’ Indonesian middle-schooler Sripun takes over David Beckham’s Instagram Stories for anti-bullying campaign

‘Inspirational’ Indonesian middle-schooler Sripun takes over David Beckham’s Instagram Stories for anti-bullying campaign

David Beckham — most women want to date him and most men want to bend it like him, but one Indonesian girl named Sripun actually got the chance to take over his Instagram.

You’ll never brawl alone: Liverpool and Manchester United fans clash in Indonesia, six injured

You’ll never brawl alone: Liverpool and Manchester United fans clash in Indonesia, six injured

Over 7,000 miles away from Old Trafford, bottles were thrown in Indonesia.

Vice Gov. Sandiaga Uno wants ondel-ondel puppets with Brad Pitt’s face for Asian Games

Vice Gov. Sandiaga Uno wants ondel-ondel puppets with Brad Pitt’s face for Asian Games

Nyok kite nonton Brad Pitt-ondel.

Indonesian police investigate possible public pornography incident at bird-singing contest

Indonesian police investigate possible public pornography incident at bird-singing contest

Organizers said the impromptu decision to have the SPGs perform a sexy dance was to cool down the heated atmosphere caused by a controversial judging decision. Such is the...

Viral: Newly revamped Indonesian stadium uses shame-cam to stop spectators from putting feet up

Viral: Newly revamped Indonesian stadium uses shame-cam to stop spectators from putting feet up

The power of public shaming can be used for good.

Jakarta Tourism Board hopes Asian Games will help bring 3 million tourists to capital in 2018

Jakarta Tourism Board hopes Asian Games will help bring 3 million tourists to capital in 2018

The 2018 Asian Games are coming up fast. The second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics, the massive undertaking will be hosted by Indonesia in both the South Sumatran...

Squatters’ paradise/design fail? Seating in Indonesian stadium provides almost zero leg space

Squatters’ paradise/design fail? Seating in Indonesian stadium provides almost zero leg space

Indonesians love to sit squatting, so perhaps designers had that cultural quirk in mind when designing the seating for this stadium in Semarang, Central Java.

Indonesian lifter Lisa Rumbewas awarded 2008 Olympic medal after opponent proven to have cheated

Indonesian lifter Lisa Rumbewas awarded 2008 Olympic medal after opponent proven to have cheated

Nearly 10 years later, but "the strongest woman in Indonesia" finally got the medal she so richly deserves.


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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.