Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Indonesia has canceled hosting the 2023 U-20 World Cup, but there is still a chance to replace Peru at the 2023 U-17 World Cup.
This possibility is considered quite open considering that Peru as the selected host is currently in a disaster. The country in South America was hit by a major earthquake on March 19.
It is said that this earthquake caused the Peruvian government to resign from hosting the 2023 U-17 World Cup. However, there has been no official news of the withdrawal from the Peruvian football federation and FIFA.
Nevertheless speculation arose. One of them is the appointment of Indonesia as a substitute.
There are at least three reasons why Indonesia deserves to be appointed by FIFA to replace Peru. First, this event is definitely not attended by Israel which is the cause of Indonesia’s failure in the U-20.
Qualification for the 2023 U-17 European Cup is still ongoing, but Israel’s opportunity has closed. Without Israel’s presence, it is likely that the political situation in Indonesia will be acceptable.
Second, Peru is being hit by a crisis. A number of reports in Peru’s mass media reported that the government is focusing on restoring the situation. Funds for the world cup will be diverted to the restoration.
Third, the facilities in Indonesia are well prepared to replace Peru. Indonesia has prepared six stadiums for the 2023 U-20 World Cup. Even though it has been canceled, the repair process is still being carried out.
Nevertheless, there is Indonesian ballast to replace Peru. The revocation of host status for the 2023 U-20 World Cup shows that the organization led by Gianni Infantino is not comfortable with Indonesia.
Already so Indonesia is threatened with FIFA sanctions. Until now FIFA has not decided what sanctions will be given, but in its release it said there was the possibility of additional sanctions.
This has reduced Indonesia’s chances of replacing Peru as host for the 2023 U-17 World Cup which will take place from 10 November to 2 December 2023.