Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Indonesia has been preparing for a long time to host the U-20 World Cup. Now the long preparations have been in vain.
Indonesia was officially chosen as the host of the 2021 edition of the U-20 World Cup in 2019, on October 24 to be precise. At that time, Indonesia managed to outperform Peru, Brazil, and co-hosts, namely Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to host the 2021 U-20 World Cup.
The 2021 U-20 World Cup is an important point in the history of Indonesian football. This is because this is the first time Indonesia has hosted a competition under FIFA.
In the early stages, 10 stadiums were prepared as venues for the 2021 U-20 World Cup. The ten stadiums were Gelora Bung Karno (Jakarta), Pakansari (Bogor), Manahan (Solo), I Wayan Dipta (Bali), Mandala Krida ( Yogyakarta), Jakabaring (Palembang), Wibawa Mukti (Cikarang), Patriot Candrabhaga (Bekasi), The Jalak Harupat (Bandung) and Gelora Bung Tomo (Surabaya).
During its journey, on June 26 2020, PSSI decided six stadiums to be the venue, namely the Bung Karno Main Stadium (Jakarta), Jakabaring Stadium (Palembang), Si Jalak Harupat Stadium (Bandung), Manahan Stadium (Solo), Gelora Stadium Bung Tomo (Surabaya) and Captain I Wayan Dipta Stadium (Bali).
“So later it will only remain for the PUPR Ministry to immediately revitalize these stadiums. But for stadiums such as SUGBK and Manahan, there are only a few repairs left,” said PSSI chairman at that time, Mochamad Iriawan.
However, because the Covid-19 pandemic did not subside, FIFA decided to cancel the 2021 edition of the U-20 World Cup.
Indonesia lost the opportunity to host the 2021 U-20 World Cup but FIFA still maintains Indonesia’s status as the host of the U-20 World Cup for the next edition in 2023.
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