Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
The replacement time for the 2023 U-20 World Cup draw which has been officially canceled by FIFA is confirmed by PSSI is still unknown.
PSSI Executive Committee (Exco) member Arya Sinulingga could not confirm when the drawing which was originally to be held on March 31 will be held. In the announcement of the cancellation of the FIFA drawing, the time for its replacement was not announced.
“Regarding whether there will be a draw at another place and time, this is what we will go to FIFA. When they informed us, they have not announced the new time and place,” said Arya.
“So we can’t answer yet. What is certain is that our chairman, Pak Erick Thohir, will try to lobby FIFA,” he said at a press conference at the GBK Arena on Sunday (26/3) afternoon.
The draw for the 2023 U-20 World Cup was canceled on March 31 because Bali Governor Wayan Koster refused to allow Israel to play in his territory. For FIFA this is unacceptable.
This is because every province that is the location for the 2023 U-20 World Cup has stated its willingness to welcome the contestants in a black and white agreement.
Because of Israel’s refusal, there has been talk of Israel playing in neighboring countries such as Singapore. However, this was deemed impossible because Indonesia was the sole host.
“The problem is that we submitted only one country from the start. There is no such thing as two or three countries. So it could be, but most likely it will be rejected,” said Arya.
“Singapore didn’t submit. We have to lobby the Singapore government again so that they agree. So, when the bidding is done by the two countries. It’s not in the middle when it’s ready to go, then we’ll submit it.”