After the declaration of independent of Republic of Indonesia, the economic and social wheels began to move. Likewise with sports activities. The Indonesian Olympic Committee was founded on January 19, 1947, in Yogyakarta, with Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX as its first general chairman/president.

After taking office, Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX immediately made contact by sending an official letter to the International Olympic Committee to propose to be its member. In the letter dated Feb. 10, 1947, written in France language, he expressed the country's interest to participate in the XIV Olympiad at London in 1948, the first Olympiad after World War II.

Unfortunately, the Dutch held military aggression in 1948, practically cut all contacts to the outside world, and the Indonesian Olympic Committee failed to send a contingent to London.

After the Round Table Conference and recognition of the Republic of Indonesia's sovereignty in December 1949, the domestic security situation improved. Indonesia was also able to hold the second National Games in Jakarta in 1951.

After the second National Games, the Indonesian Olympic Committee tried to reconnect with IOC in early 1952, asking for recognition from the committee. In the letter dated Feb. 25, 1952, KOI stated that it has the statute that conforms with the basic principles of the Olympic Charter.

In the letter, KOI also showed interest in participating in the XV Olympiad in Helsinki, Finland, in 1952. KOI planned to send athletes to compete in athletics, swimming, and weightlifting.

IOC Chancellor Otto Mayer sent a response letter dated March 11, 1952, stated that IOC had recognized the Indonesian Olympic Committee dan the Helsinki Games Organizing Committee would send an official invitation letter to Indonesia.

The 1952 Olympics in Helsinki eventually became Indonesia's first participation in the world sporting event. Maram Sudarmodjo (swimming), Habib Suharko (swimming), and Ging Hwie Thio (weightlifting) carried the Red and White flag at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.


National Olympic Committee of Indonesia is a non -profit independent national organisation that is enforce and perform Indonesia’s contingent participant at the International Sport Event. Established since 1st January 1952, Indonesia NOC was previously associated with National Sports Committee of Indonesia, in accordance to law constitution Number 3 of 2005 concerning the National Sports System and Government Regulation and Number 17 of 2007 concerning the Implementation of Sports Week and Championships, Indonesia NOC has detached independently and officially affiliate to International Olympic Committee in 11th March 1952.