The Jakarta Post
As part of preparations for the 2021 U-20 World Cup in Indonesia, Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) chief Comr. Gen. M. Iriawan inspected a number of soccer stadiums in Greater Bandung.
“This is being done in accordance with orders from President Joko Widodo to prepare for the event,” Iriawan said on Sunday.
Iriawan first inspected Si Jalak Harupat Stadium in Soreang, Bandung regency, which had been set as a venue for the 2018 Asian Games qualifiers. Bandung Regent Dadang Nasser,who was present during the inspection, said the stadium was not prone to flooding.
“So the stadium remains relatively dry during the rainy season. Besides, the fact that it is near the city is a strong point,” he said.
A field that belonged to the Army field artillery battalion of the Siliwangi Military Command was the second place to be inspected. From there, the entourage also visited a field located within the Indonesia Education University (UPI) complex, Sabuga field at the Bandung Institute of Technology, Siliwangi Stadium, Arcamanik Stadium and the fields of Padjajaran University and the Home Affairs Administration Institute.
Iriawan acknowledged that local administrations had vital roles in the preparations as they were expected to prepare not only the stadiums but also infrastructure.
“The event is significant for our younger generation as it is a stage for them to improve and hone their skills,” he said.
He said inspections would also be done in cities that had been nominated as hosts. They are Yogyakarta, Bekasi, Surabaya, Bali, Bogor, Surakarta and Palembang.
“We plan to add another city, Pekanbaru, to be a host,” Iriawan said.