Sunday, September 27, 2015

Wonderful Indonesia Golf Challenge

The Organising Commitees of the Bintan & Batam Golf Clubs have announced that the Wonderful Indonesia Golf Challenge 2015 will be simultaneously held at 9 golf courses in Batam & Bintan on Saturday 10 October 2015. This truly unique golf tournament, that is aiming for induction into MURI (Indonesia Museum of Records), will be attracting more than 1,000 golfers across this region.

Adopting System 36 modified format, this 18-holes golf tournament will provide each golfer a chance to win Hole-In-One prizes with a total value of IDR 1,000,000,000 at nine golf courses, while attractive prizes, dinner and a fun-filled event awaits at the Planet Holiday Hotel in Batam.

The entry fee is IDR 1,750,000 which is inclusive of 18-holes golf, twin share accommodation, lunch, Gala Dinner, land transfers, goody bag, Grand Lucky Draw and many more attractive prizes to be won.

The Wonderful Indonesia Golf Challenge 2015 is the 1st event hosted by the Batam & Bintan Golf Courses in Riau Islands province, with Planet Holiday Hotel as official hotel partner. This event is endorsed by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism.

Located just 45 minutes via a ferry ride from Singapore, Bintan Resorts is a multi-award winning integrated tropical beach resort destination with world-class facilities. “Bintan Resorts” refers generally to the area on the entire northern coast of the Indonesian island of Bintan, which is master-planned and managed by PT Bintan Resort Cakrawala. There are currently five independently owned and operated beach resorts, four designer golf courses, as well as a range of recreational facilities and attractions located within it.

The Potential of Batam as a golf destination is captured in the slogan “Batam Golf Paradise”. All courses have their own uniqueness & identity, a few with a seafront view, others are surrounded by secondary forest and mangrove. Needless to say that each imposes iys challenge in different ways.

After playing at one of these beautifully laid-out courses, golfers will be spoilt for choice at the numerous shopping malls to visit, soaking at a traditional spa or Javanese massage, eating authentic Indonesian or local Chinese seafood dishes that tempt the taste bud of every visitor.

Wonderful Indonesia Golf Challenge Golf hosted by:
  1. Ria Bintan Golf Club (course designed by Gary Players)
  2. Bintan Lagoon Resort (course designed by Jack Nicklaus)
  3. Laguna Bintan Golf Club (course designed by Greg Norman)
  4. Padang Golf Sukajadi (course designed by Thomson, Wolveridge & Perret)
  5. SouthLinks Country Club (course designed by Hisamitsu Ohnishi)
  6. Indah Puri Golf Resort (course designed by Ronald Fream)
  7. Palm Springs Golf & Beach Resort (course designed by Larry Nelson & IMG)
  8. Tering Bay Golf & Country Club (course designed by Greg Norman)
  9. Tamarin Santana Golf Club (course designed by Jack Nicklaus)
  10. Planet Holiday Hotel as a official hotel partner
The Wonderful Indonesia Golf Challenge 2015 is endorsed by Indonesian Minittry of Tourism. supported by bu the Tourism Department of Riau Islanda province, Batam Tourism Department, Bintan Tourism Department, APLGI (Indonesia Golf Course Owners Association, ASITA (Indonesian Travel Agent Association) and PHRI (Indonesia Hotel Association)

INA-Van Oord Golf Tournament 2015 - 23 October 2015

The Indonesia Netherlands Association (INA, Indonesian Benelux Chamber of Commerce) is organizing its annual golf tournament to be held on:

Date: 23 October 2015

Location: Riverside Golf Club

Registration is at 6.30 am with tee-off at 7.00 am sharp.

Registration fees are Rp 1,250,000 for INA members and Rp 1,500,000 for non-members. Tournament is open to any nationality.

Fees include entry into the event (golf, caddie, cart fee), lunch and chance to win KLM Business Class tickets to Amsterdam and various other prizes (Hole-in-One, Longest Drive, Nearest-to-the-pin, Best Ladies).

To register contact INA at

The event is sponsored by Van Oord, KLM, BAM International, Grand Kartech, Rabobank, ANZ Bank, Aqua, Bir Bintang and Rheumacyl.

Indonesia Open Postponed Until 2016

SINGAPORE, Sept 25 - Singapore will step in to stage a new $750,000 World Classic Championship on the Asian Tour in November after organizers of the Indonesia Open asked for their event to be postponed.

The new 144-man tournament will be played at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club from Nov. 12-15, the Asian Tour said on Friday.

The $750,000 Indonesia Open, won last year by triple major winner Padraig Harrington of Ireland, was scheduled for the same dates but will now be played sometime in 2016.

"The organisers of the Indonesia Open remain committed to hosting the event on the Asian Tour in the near future and we look forward to working with them for the betterment of the game in Indonesia and around Asia," tournament organisers said in a statement on Friday.

The Indonesia Open, the country's oldest professional golf tournament, was due to celebrate its 35th anniversary this year after returning to the Asian Tour in 2013 following three years on the rival OneAsia circuit.

It joins the Dubai Open, Solaire Open, Philippine Open, King's Cup, Vascory Classic, Chiang Mai Classic and Selangor Masters in falling off the Asian Tour calendar this year.

The circuit, though, has added new events in Bangladesh, Thailand and Vietnam.

It marks the second time in two years the Laguna Club have stepped into stage an Asian Tour event.

Last year they came in at short notice to host The Championship for the circuit following 'staging issues' in its original South Korea location.

Asian Tour CEO Mike Kerr was appreciative of the support of Laguna, owned by Indonesian-born motoring and property entrepreneur Peter Kwee.

"It's fantastic that our players will have another opportunity to return to Singapore to compete at the World Classic Championship at Laguna National," he said in a statement on Friday.

"We are grateful to our partners IMG and the management at Laguna National Golf and Country Club for their commitment and support towards this event."

Last month, the Singapore-based Asian Tour announced they had entered into "an innovative joint vision for the future of professional golf" with the European Tour, thought to be a merger.

Source: REUTERS, by Patrick Johnston. Editing by Sudipto Ganguly

Thursday, September 17, 2015

R&A Helps Refine Development Program In Indonesia

Indonesian golf has gained support from world golf governing body The R&A for its development program in the hopes of bearing more strong golfers in the future.

The Indonesian Golf Association (PGI), under the chairmanship of Murdaya Widyawimarta, known as Po, has brought in professionals from The R&A to assist in refining and developing the country’s golf from an early stage.

“The initiative came from Pak Po. He asked and then we said, ‘How can we help?’” The R&A’s director for Asia-Pacific, Dominic Wall, told reporters over the weekend at the association’s office in the Pondok Indah Golf Course-Golf Gallery Building, Jakarta.

The R&A, which takes its name from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, is the ruling authority of golf throughout the world except in the US and Mexico, where this responsibility rests with the United States Golf Association (USGA). It works in collaboration with national amateur and professional golf organizations in more than 110 countries.

The R&A cooperates with the USGA in producing and regularly revising the “Rules of Golf”, and the two bodies have issued the rules jointly since 1952. The rules are revised on a four-year cycle and with the latest edition, which became effective on Jan. 1, 2012, for the first time a single common set of rules applied throughout the world.

Dading Soetarso, a PGI official in charge of development affairs for young golfers, said that the program had been launched due to concerns about low growth rates of junior golfers in the country.

“Out of around 250 million people in Indonesia, we only have 250 junior golfers. Therefore, we need to do something to grow the sport — one among many things is by attracting children to reach golf,” he told The Jakarta Post.

Wall said he had learned that Indonesia had an enormous potential in golf.

“Indonesia is like a sleeping giant of golf around the region. You got so many things in place here. It’s just a matter of refining the system and providing maybe some more expertise to help people here to understand how to develop the sport,” said the Australian.

Wall, who took up his current position in 2009 and has since been based in Hong Kong, further said that Indonesia’s success in collecting one bronze and two silver medals in the golf competition at the recent Southeast Asian Games in Singapore in June, which came about after a six-to-nine-month elite program, testified to his conviction about the country’s potential for thriving golf.

At the biennial multisport event featuring athletes from the 11 countries in the region, Indonesian golfers were ranked in the top three after Thailand (four gold, one bronze) and Singapore (two silver, two bronze) in golf.

“I think the potential is there if you have the right system in place. You’ve got wonderful golf courses across the country, you’ve got practice facilities, and I think now you’ve got a supportive PGI through Pak Po […] to build a healthy situation [for the development of Indonesian golf]. The future of Indonesian golf is exciting,” said Wall, who is tournament director for the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation.

Wall has more than 20 years of experience in national- and international-level sports management, which includes 16 years in a number of roles for the Australian Golf Union (AGU) and Golf Australia (GA). He also spent five years as development manager for the Australian Coaching Council based at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

As an initial step of the development program, the PGI has begun introducing the sport to young students at several schools in Greater Jakarta.

Wall said that he saw positive responses from children following the PGI team’s visits to schools to introduce the sport. “The program is dedicated after school-hour sessions. If the kids are really enjoying it, I think it’s going to be great to have the program on a weekly basis.”

In providing ongoing support to children with potential golf skills, Wall suggested the program could also work hand in hand with local golf clubs. “I think it’s great for the school kids to experience playing on a golf course — not necessarily at cost, but maybe something that a golf club can provide on times that the course isn’t busy.”

In return, he said, golf courses could enjoy benefits as those children might become their members in the future. Clubs are encouraged to grow the sport — starting from the junior players — in order to grow the business.

The R&A and the PGI are currently working closely to refine and develop the program, which is expected to be done by the end of this year. If things go well, the program is set to run within six to 12 months next year, which could then provide the development team with key indicators of performance in order to grow the program across the country.

“We’re very much now focusing on the internal view of The R&A on performance targets, measures and accountability. I think the environment is quite right to do [so],” said Wall.

Dading said that the program was packaged in a fun and exciting activity in order to create excitement among children.

The program has so far reached children at the Global Jaya and Binus private schools in Greater Jakarta. Dading said the PGI may host a school-level competition when more than 10 schools were involved in the program.

Source: The Jakarta Post

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Trump Hotel Collection Partners With MNC Group In Lido Resort

New York, Friday, 11th September 2015 = Trump Hotel Collection has announced it will advance its vision for delivering exceptional resort offerings across the globe with a new ultra-luxury resort in Indonesia located in Lido in West Java.

The development will be the second property in Asia for Trump Hotel Collection in partnership with globally-renowned MNC Group, Indonesia's leading investment firm.

"We are thrilled with the strong growth and momentum of the Trump Hotel Collection. Today's announcement further illustrates our commitment to introduce our signature experiences and unrivaled services to key resort destinations around the world," said Donald Trump Jr., executive vice president of development and acquisitions of The Trump Organization.

"Trump Hotel Collection is involved in the master plan of this spectacular development, which will include the first Trump golf course in Asia as well as a world-class spa, luxurious hotel and residences," explained Trump. "Being on board at this early stage ensures the Lido development will reflect Trump Hotel Collection's exacting standards and keen attention to detail."

Currently one of the fastest growing luxury hotel companies globally with a portfolio of 14 award-winning hotels, Trump properties are known for their unmatched standard of excellence, personalized service and prime locations worldwide. The rapidly expanding luxury brand is opening four hotels in 2016 alone in major cities such as Washington D.C., Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver and Baku.

The Lido news arrives hot on the heels of Trump Hotel Collection and MNC Group's official New York City announcement to develop an opulent resort and residential development in Bali, a project designed to reflect the authenticity of the local culture in a magnificent location overlooking the southwest coast. Both the Bali and the Lido developments, with the latest agreement officially signed on August 19, 2015, represent landmark projects for MNC Group in partnership with key global players such as Trump Hotel Collection.

"MNC is repositioning and rebranding what is currently known as Lido Lakes to be the pride of Indonesia," said Group President and CEO Bapak Hary Tanoesoedibjo. "The area will be a 3,000-hectare world-class integrated lifestyle resort destination, heralded by the completion of the Bogor-Sukabumi toll road – also developed by MNC Group – which will enable guests an unprecedented opportunity to escape to this new destination. We look forward to creating a new 'point of departure' in the most populated archipelago in the world with this iconic resort development."

Trump Hotel Collection will be involved with phase one of the 700-hectare Lido development including a six-star luxury resort, 18-hole signature Ernie Els championship golf course, elite Lifestyle Country Club, wellness destination Spa as well as a high-end residential offering including luxury villas and condominiums.

Set within the lush tropical forests of the mountains of West Java, approximately 65 kilometers south of Jakarta, the ultra-luxury resort will offer residents a luxurious retreat within a short distance, yet a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Trump Hotel Collection plans to revive the allure of the fabled destination by offering a retreat with elevated services for luxury-minded guests, establishing Lido as the preferred getaway in West Java.

The golf course in Lido will be Trump's first in Asia as well as Ernie Els' first in Indonesia, and will showcase the Trump brand's impeccable standard of excellence by offering a captivating golf experience that features state-of-the-art facilities, 24/7 lifestyle concierge at the Lifestyle Country Club, uncompromising personal service and attention to detail.

As the foremost golf course developer in the world, Trump delivers the finest portfolio of award-winning courses, set against the most spectacular landscapes, presenting new levels of challenge. Aligned with other Trump Golf clubs across the globe, the ultra-exclusive Lido destination will offer unprecedented lifetime membership opportunities to a select few, providing unmatched access to experiences only limited by one's imagination.

The new Bogor-Sukabumi toll road, developed by MNC Group, will provide direct access to Lido Lakes, reducing the drive time fromJakarta to 60 minutes. Lido is located in Bogor city in West Java and is within 45 minutes driving distance to the famous protected forests of Bodogol and Cikaweni waterfalls. In addition to the Trump luxury components in the development's first phase, MNC Group will introduce Indonesia's first world-class theme park in partnership with a global leading design and production firm based in Los Angeles.

Source : Trump Hotel Collection

Junaidi Ibrahim Seals Vistory At IGT @ LotusLakes

KARAWANG, September 11th - Junaidi Ibrahim finally was able to realize his desire to become champion again. This year, the Indonesian Golf Tour presented by Linc Group Series VI title, held at the LotusLakes Golf Club in Karawang. is going to the man from Aceh. With great determination and remarkable patience, Junaidi could surpass defending champion George Gandranata, who kept a close fight during the 18 holes to loose by a margin of one stroke.

Junaidi and George started with the same score of one-under par, playing in the last group. "Honestly at the beginning of the game today, I actually think Mr. Maan (Maan Nasim, who was 2 strokes behind) will win," said Junaidi. Playing in a group with defending champion George also provided its own pressure for Junaidi. "I also saw George play very thorough and it was very difficult to find a gap to attack. Therefore, I tried to stay calm today and play relaxed," he added.

Junaidi's confidence began to rise after scoring a long birdie putt on hole 5. From there his game began to change, more daring. Junaidi and George both posted even par on the first nine holes. Their scores were both still at one-under par, where they were joined by Ditya Novianto who enlivened the competition by carding the same score.

Junaidi success began with a birdie on hole 12, followed by birdies on the next two holes. With three birdies in a row. Junaidi was still on top of the leaderboard with a total score while a four-under par, while George was still at one-under par. Ditya dropped out of the competition after posting three consecutive bogeys on holes 14, 15, and 16,

Then Junaidi tripped on hole 16 with a bogey and with a par at 17, he is at three-under-under before the final hole, while George reduced the difference with a birdie at holes 17, going to two-under par. Both players were determined at hole 18. The spectators who were present at the final round predicted a playoff would happen.

However, when George's ball entered the water on the par 5 hole 18, that prediction was dispersed. Unfortunately, Junaidi did not utilize this opportunity properly. Although successfully crowned champion, the 36-year-old man closed the game with a bogey, which resulted in a score of 71 (total score of 214). George had to settle for second place with a score of 215 after finishing the game with a score of 72.

"During the whole round I held strong. On hole 18 when the ball from George entered the water, I felt relaxed at that time. However, when I tried to approach the 18th green I shot it over and into the bunker. From there I began to stress. I was lucky to win. This is proof that I am still a champion," said Junaidi. For the winner of the Matoa Pro Championship in 2004, the Pro-Am Jagorawi 2004, and Mercedes-Benz Emeralda Golf Tournament 2010, the IGT Series VI title turned into a birthday present for his beloved child on September 9 and wife on September 10.

For the second time, George failed to win the title, and only managed second place. While at IGT Series II losing to Ian Andrew, this time George had to recognize the excellence of seniors. Nevertheless, the 29-year-old man was not disappointed with the result today.

"I've tried hard today. I played better and my game has been according to plan. Pak June (Junaidi Ibrahim) played well, and deserved this victory. My game started to change when he (Junaidi) birdied with a ;ong putt," said George.

With two more IGT events, Series VII and the Grand Finale, George is optimistic he can win at least one championship. Even if he is ultimately unsuccessful, he's taking many positive lessons during this 2015 season. "Although this is a down year for me, the positive is that I can still compete to be in the top 10, even top 5. And it calms my mind," said the winner of the PGA Tour Order of Merit of Indonesia in 2014.

The third position is occupied Ian Andrew who collected a total score of 216 (even par), while Ditya Novianto finished fourth with 217 (one-over par)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Generational Clash Atop Of The Leaderboard At IGT @ LotusLakes

KARAWANG, September 10 - LotusLakes Golf Club is once again turning into a nightmare for the participants of the Indonesian Golf Tour presented by Linc Group Series VI. Narrow fairways and extensive but difficult to read greens meant the participants had to work hard to achieve good scores, including Junaidi Ibrahim.

Atop the leaderboard with a score of four-under par (68) the day before, Junaidi struggled to remain in the elite group. Today he played poorly with a score of 75 (three-over par). "Today I carried a little bit of a burden. From the moment I arrived and started practicing my driving, my shots already felt uncomfortable. My mood also was uneasy. Other parts of my game were no problem. But, if the drive is no good, and my ball goes into the forest, it is difficult to recover."

Luckily, Junaidi remained in the top position with a score of one-under par (143). He shared the spot with George Gandranata who today looked slick. Junaidi is still optimistic that he can achieve good results in the last round. "Tomorrow my goal is to be champion. It's been a long time I did not become a champion," the 36-year-old golfer stressed.

Meanwhile, George became one of only two golfers were able to record a score under par in the second round. Scoring 71 (one-under par), the 27-year-old was immediately propelled to the top of the leaderboard of the Indonesian Golf Tour presented by Linc Group Series VI, together with Junaidi. "Actually, my game is not much different from yesterday. In addition to hitting my driver better today, I was more confident with my shots and putted well," he explained.

The fight between Junaidi and George at the top of the leaderboard was interesting because it represents the rivalry between big and little brother or senior and junior. Not only that, they're closely followed by their senior, Maan Nasim, who is only one shot behind. The 55-year-old veteran golfer was still eager to become champion. "From the outset I want to play here (Indonesian Golf Tour Series VI) because I want to win! Hopefully I can if I'm still in excellent physical condition tomorrow, and luck is with me. What I rely on is; I still can have fun in my game. I measure from my ability, my shots are not what they used to be. I participate to seek victory, but on the other hand I also want to exert pressure in the game," said Maan.

Right behind Maan, Junaidi, and George, the juniors are ready to surprise. They are Ditya Novianto in 4th position with a total score of 144 (one-over par), as well as Rinaldi Adiyandono, Ian Andrew, and Asep Saefulloh in a tie for 5th position with 145 (two-over par).

Thursday, September 10, 2015

First Day Of IGT @ LotusLakes Belongs To The Veterans

The "Veteran" Show Superiority KARAWANG, September 9 - The first round of the Indonesian Golf Tour presented by Linc Group Series VI belonged to the veterans. with Junaidi Ibrahim, Sanusi, Maan Nasim, and Sarmilih, who all already play in the national professional golf arena for more than 15 years, vying to win the tournament with total prizes of 200 million at the LotusLakes Golf Club, Karawang. The four were perched in the top four sports of the leaderboard.

Junaidi, who is now 36-year-old, posted a score of 68 (four-under par), and sits atop the leaderboard.

Having played even par on the first nine holes (with two birdies against two bogeys), Junaidi's position continued to move to the top position after four birdies on holes 10, 12, 16, and 18. "Today was very satisfying. I learned today to play disciplined and keep control of my emotions. Because I kept control of my emotions, I controlled the game very well," said the golfer who had several times won national professional tournaments, including the Matoa Pro Championship in 2004, the Pro-Am Jagorawi 2004, and Mercedes-Benz Emeralda Golf Tournament 2010.

Facing the second round, Junaidi sure can maintain his current position. "As preparations for tomorrow basically I want more discipline and control my emotions well. I believe in skill, just need to keep the emotion," he explained. While in the lead, the golfer from Aceh was just three strokes ahead of his seniors, Maan (55 years), Sanusi (46 years), and Sarmilih. The three golfer scored 71 (one-under par), and are in a tie for second place.

George Gandranata, Asep Saefulloh, and Abhinawa Safari trailed their elders with a score of even par (72). George who started the game on the 10th tee was holding on to a score of one-under par until his 117th hole, before making a bogey on hole 9 which closed the game for the day.

The 2014 Order of Merit winner of the PGA Tour of Indonesia did not show his best performance as in last season. He is still looking for a first title in 2015. "This year was a down year for me. At least I tried to chase victory. My target is to get a win, I long to be able to get the victory. Greg Norman says 'You do not appreciate success until you taste failure'," he said.

However, George saw the positive side of the IGT competition this season. "I guess that between my game is not good or the competition becoming increasingly better. it is a combination of the two. I think this is good. Nice because I see more and more scores under par and this is something that proves that the Indonesian Golf Tour has a very positive impact," added the defending champion of IGT @ LotusLakes 2014.

Meanwhile, Asep must be satisfied with his score today because of his own mistakes. "I played calm today, but I made mistakes on the greens of hole 9 and hole 14. I made three-putts on these holes. Indeed, my putting was the problem," said Asep, who already was at one-under par until hole 12, but stumbled to a bogey on hole 14.

"Learning from today's game I need to improve my putting. That was my main problem. I need to learn to read the greens better," he said.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Indonesian Golf Tour Heading To LotusLakes Golf Club

JAKARTA, September 8 - For its next outing the national professional golf circuit "Indonesian Golf Tour presented by Linc Group" will bring a visit to LotusLakes Golf Club, Karawang, West Java. The sixth event of the 2015 season will take place on the course that was designed Naoyuki Saito from 9 to 11 September. Here the best professional golfers Indonesia will compete for a total prize of 200 million.

While at the previous (5th) event at Jababeka Golf & Country Club the national golfers were presented with the challenge of long distances, slippery greens contours and strong winds blowing, this time they will encounter a course that offers a layout that is no less challenging, especially for persons with low handicaps when playing from the championship tees.

During the event the golfers will play the Lotus (9 holes) and Orchid Courses (9 holes). The Lotus Course measures 3,548 yards and features more water hazards, while the Orchid Course with a distance of 3,649 yards offers a course layout with tropical trees, which are separated by rivers and lakes.

The toughness of LotusLakes Golf Club, until November 2013 known as Karawang International Golf Club (KIGC), was proven during last season's IGT event when George Gandranata had to work hard to win the IGT @ LotusLakes.

George won the tournament with a total score of even-par, 216 (70-73-73). He was only one stroke ahead of amateur golfer Kevin C. Akbar, who finished second overall and winning Low Amateur with a total score of one-over-par, 217 (74-71-72).

"This course is very challenging and nice. The greens really made us have to think hard to conquer," said George.

Could the IGT Series VI at LotusLakes champion this year post a score under par?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Jakarta Governor Promises To Turn Golf Course Into Football Field

The amount of green space in Jakarta is usually pegged at a depressingly small 9.3% of its total area (most urban planners say that a city should devote at least 30% of its land to green spaces). It’s even more depressing when you consider that a great deal of that green space is devoted to golf courses that are primarily enjoyed by the city’s rich elites.

Responding to a comment from Vice President Jusuf Kalla about the need for more football in Jakarta, Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has announced that he will turn a large green area of Kemayoran, which is currently used as a golf course, into numerous football fields where youngsters can play the beautiful sport.

"We met last night with Pak JK (Jusuf Kalla) and we agree we would like to have a lot more football fields," Ahok said at City Hall today as quoted by Tempo.

"The golf course in Kemayoran contains tens of hectares, so you can create dozens of football fields from that," he said.

The land used for the Kemayoran golf course is actually state-owned land that was orginally granted to the city by the secretary of state. Ahok said part of the land would also be used to build low-cost apartment towers as well as housing for athletes competing at the 2018 Asian Games being hosted by Jakarta.

Ahok said he wants Jakarta to like a city in Brazilian, where kids play football everywhere there is space. He said he will also develop the capitol’s youth football leagues.

"Who knows, we could give birth to a football star," Ahok said.

Source: Coconuts Jakarta