MINISTER of Youth and Sports Zainudin Amali said FIFA will have an office in Jakarta in order to prepare for the holding of the U-20 World Cup, which will take place from 20 May to 11 June 2023.
While attending the PWI East Java Open Golf Tournament Powarnas 2022 in Malang, East Java, Tuesday (22/11), Zainudin said that the government had prepared a special office for FIFA in Jakarta to facilitate coordination with PSSI as the local committee, Kemenpora, and the Ministry of PUPR as the insurer. responsible for preparing for the 2023 U-20 World Cup.
“After the Qatar 2022 World Cup, FIFA will have an office here (Indonesia). The (office) has been prepared in Jakarta which is quite large. They will have offices here during the preparation until the event (U-20 World Cup) is finished,” Zainudin was quoted as saying from the official website of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Tuesday (22/11).
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Furthermore, Zainudin explained that the 2023 U-20 World Cup was different from the 2022 Qatar World Cup which was attended by the senior national team. He emphasized that there would be no opening ceremony during the U-20 World Cup later.
“In fact, I have asked the President to have a lively opening like the opening of the 2018 Asian Games and it turns out that FIFA regulations don’t allow it. The opening is the first match,” he said.
Zainudin said that there were three stadium options that had been prepared for the opening match, namely Manahan Solo Stadium, Gelora Bung Karno Jakarta Main Stadium, and Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium Surabaya. However, the decision to determine the stadium is in the hands of FIFA.
FIFA’s plan to have an office in Indonesia was announced by President Joko Widodo last October. However, this task is related to the interests of transforming Indonesian football as a response to the Kanjuruhan Tragedy. (Ant/OL-1)