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Bekasi stadium included in bid to host U-20 World Cup

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 4, 2019   /   09:08 am
Bekasi stadium included in bid to host U-20 World Cup Wibawa Mukti Stadium in Cikarang, Bekasi regency, West Java. (Antara/Risky Andrianto‚ÄÉ)

Wibawa Mukti Stadium in Cikarang, Bekasi regency has been selected by the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) as one of the six venues for Indonesia’s bid to host the 2021 Under-20 FIFA World Cup.

Bekasi Cultural and Youth Sports Agency’s infrastructure division head Deny Rusnandi said the selection of the stadium as one of the venues was a great decision, considering Wibawa Mukti’s past experience in hosting international events.

“As of now, we haven’t heard the reason why the stadium was picked but it’s not surprising since Wibawa Mukti was approved by the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) standards and hosted a number of soccer matches during the 2018 Asian Games,” Deny told tempo.co in Cikarang on Wednesday.

Besides being one of the venues during the Asian Games, the stadium previously hosted the 2018 U-19 AFC Cup and a number of national team games that were included in the FIFA agenda.

“Our stadium has also been used as the U-16, U-19, U-23, and the senior national team’s training centers.”

PSSI Bekasi chairman Hamun Sutisna said he hoped the stadium’s selection would motivate young soccer players in Bekasi and also boost the regency’s economy.

The six stadiums that were selected to host the U-20 World Cup are Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Wibawa Mukti, Pakansari Stadium in Bogor regency, Patriot Stadium in Bekasi city, Gelora Bandung Lautan Api Stadium in Bandung city and Jalak Harupat Stadium in Bandung regency. (bry)