Chronology of Indonesia Canceling Host of the 2023 U-20 World Cup

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —

The 2023 Indonesia U-20 World Cup was officially canceled by FIFA, Wednesday (29/3). The following is a chronology for Indonesia canceling the hosting of the 2023 U-20 World Cup.

FIFA officially canceled Indonesia as the host on the official website, Wednesday (29/3) evening WIB. This decision also dashed the dreams of Indonesia and the U-20 Indonesian National Team participating in a World Cup-class stage.

“Following today’s meeting between FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Chairman of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) Erick Thohir, FIFA has decided, due to the current circumstances, to withdraw Indonesia from hosting the 2023 U-20 World Cup,” said FIFA on its website. official



One of the reasons for Indonesia’s cancellation of hosting the 2023 U-20 World Cup is the presence of the Israeli national team at the junior level tournament at the world level. Rejection of Israel has recently been growing.

Israel has actually officially become a participant in the 2023 U-20 World Cup since last June 2022. Meanwhile, the host status for Indonesia was obtained in October 2019.

Narratives of rejection of Israel emerged on social media. Then a number of parties from mass organizations issued a position regarding Israel’s existence in early March 2023.

Not only from religious and general-based organizations, rejection also came from public officials. The Governor of Bali I Wayan Koster sent a letter to the Indonesian Menpora on March 14, 2023. The essence of the letter was asking Israel not to compete in the Province of Bali.

Then a number of masses held a demonstration near the Horse Statue, Jakarta, last Monday (20/3). The rejection was based on the absence of official diplomatic relations between the Indonesian government and Israel.

Then it was the turn of the Governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo, to declare that he did not want Israel to come to Indonesia for the 2023 U-20 World Cup. This was conveyed by Ganjar through a conference agenda on Friday (24/3).

Israel’s turmoil at the 2023 U-20 World Cup is getting worse. As a result, FIFA decided that the draw for the 2023 U-20 World Cup which was supposed to be held in Bali on March 31 2023 was finally cancelled.

As a result, the issue of canceling the status of the host continues to roll. News emerged that FIFA had appointed Peru to replace Indonesia as the host.

FIFA finally made a unanimous decision to cancel Indonesia’s host status on Wednesday (29/3) evening at 22.00 WIB.


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