Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Peru, which was rumored to replace Indonesia as host for the 2023 U-20 World Cup, is now in danger of failing to host the 2023 U-17 World Cup.
Based on information from Infobae, the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) is considering withdrawing from hosting the 2023 U-17 World Cup due to economic reasons.
The plans to withdraw came after the Peruvian government reportedly refused to spend more money to improve infrastructure. The Peruvian government is focusing on allocating funds to finance communities affected by the flood disaster.
The Peruvian government has chosen not to renovate the National Stadium, Lima, which is projected to become the main venue for the 2023 U-17 World Cup. The Peruvian government is prioritizing the realignment of areas most damaged by natural disasters.
Even though there has been no official decision, FPF hopes that FIFA will not impose sanctions on Peru due to the extraordinary situation.
Without any catastrophic incidents, Peru’s preparations to host the 2023 U-17 World Cup have also been problematic from the start. The situation became complicated when Pedro Castillo, President of Peru from 2021 to 2022, budgeted for the U-17 World Cup.
The renovation of the Piura and Tacna Stadiums was also continued because irregularities were found in the execution of the work. This condition means that stadium renovations will not be completed on time as requested by FIFA.
The two stadiums that are ready to host the 2023 U-17 World Cup which starts on November 10 are the Lima National Stadium and the 25 de Noviembre Stadium.
Meanwhile, Sporting News claims FIFA is already considering looking for a new host to replace Peru. Moreover, the Peruvian government has predicted that there will be many disasters until the end of 2023 until the country needs more money.
Not only stadium infrastructure, public facilities such as roads and transportation to welcome the 2023 U-17 World Cup are also not being worked on.
Previously, FIFA officially revoked Indonesia’s status as the host of the U-20 World Cup, Wednesday (29/3). The world football authority will soon announce a replacement host for Indonesia.