This important book shows how the prestige and pitfalls of hosting major multi-sport events in Indonesia are no longer restricted to the nation’s capital, Jakarta, but since 1998 have extended to the unlikely “sports city” of Palembang, South Sumatra. Trotier unpacks how these sports events – notably the Southeast Asian and Asian Games – have both shaped and reflected national politics, decentralization, and the “turn to the civic” in post-Suharto Indonesia, offering a rich, original, and highly interdisciplinary contribution to Asian studies, sports studies, and urban geography.