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Jakarta Post

Expert warns PSSI over plan to restart leagues in 2021

  • Dicky Christanto Wulandaru


Jakarta   /   Sat, October 31 2020   /  01:00 am
Andri Ibu, a player of Indonesia’s top tier league Liga 1 Persik Kediri, trains at Brawijaya Stadium in Kediri, East Java on Sept. 21, 2020. Andri, the former Persipura Jayapura player, returned to the training ground after being declared recovered from COVID-19. (Antara/Prasetia Fauzani)

The Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has been warned to tread carefully with its latest plan to reopen its soccer leagues, Liga 1, Liga 2 and Liga 3, as there is still no end in sight to the country’s COVID-19 pandemic.   The warning was issued by a sport expert following the PSSI’s announcement, made by acting secretary-general Yunus Nusi, that it had allowed league operator PT Liga Indonesia Baru to organize the format and duration of the leagues in the beginning of next year.   “It is mandatory to continue the leagues. But the PSSI and league operators must remain vigilant because we still cannot see the end of this COVID-19 pandemic right now,” Djoko Pekik Irianto, a sport expert at Yogyakarta State University, told The Jakarta Post on Friday.   “If the pandemic shows signs of slowing, then the PSSI could ...