Jakarta, IO – Indonesia is at risk of losing its host status for the U20 World Cup after FIFA canceled the draw to determine the match grouping scheduled on March 31, despite the government having spent a lot of funds to prepare for it, reported Katadata, Tuesday (28/3). This was sparked by Bali governor’s refusal to welcome the Israeli national team.
Hundreds of billions of rupiah worth of funds from the state budget (APBN) have been used to, among others, renovate stadiums as well as practice fields. The revitalization has been completed and verified by FIFA delegation, revealed Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono. He revealed that the overall renovation budget reached Rp175 billion.
The U20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in Indonesia from May 20 to June 11. Six stadiums have been approved by FIFA to become the venues, namely Gelora Bung Karno in Jakarta, Si Jalak Harupat in Bandung, Manahan in Solo, Gelora Bung Tomo in Surabaya, Jakabaring in Palembang and Captain I Wayan Dipta in Bali.
Indonesia is deemed to have breached its commitment to ensure security for the competition. Currently, the government and the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) are in talk with FIFA. PSSI chairman Erick Thohir is said to be visiting FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland to discuss the matter. (un)