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Jakarta Post

Indonesia gears up to host U-20 soccer World Cup in 2021

  • Dicky Christanto Wulandaru
    Dicky Christanto Wulandaru

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 24, 2019   /  06:56 pm
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Gearing up: The logo of the U-20 soccer World Cup that is slated to be held in Indonesia in 2021 was introduced to the public on Thursday. The announcement was made by FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in a meeting in Shanghai. Indonesia was selected over Brazil and Peru, which were also eyeing the host status. (The Jakarta Post/Courtesy of PSSI)

In a quite surprising manner, FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in Shanghai has just announced Indonesia is to be the host of the 2021 U-20 soccer World Cup, beating contenders Brazil and Peru. A top Youth and Sports Ministry official said that the solid support shown by the government played a pivotal role in securing the appointment to host. The Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has received documents from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, then national police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian and acting Youth and Sports Minister Hanif Dhakiri that guaranteed the readiness of the association to act as a host of the prestigious event. “Not to mention the huge support from Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi and dozens of regional sports ministers who earlier showed support during the Manila meeting, which I attended to represent the acting youth and sports minister,” th...