Indonesia steps up preparation for 2021 FIFA U20 World Cup

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-25 21:13:28|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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JAKARTA, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian government is planning to speed up the improvement of some of 10 stadiums for the 2021 FIFA U20 World Cup and other facilities, which do not meet with the international standard, media reported on Friday.

Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali revealed that several of the stadiums and supporting facilities have already complied with standards set by the international football governing body, FIFA.

"Some sports stadiums have fields for practice, such as Gelora Bung Karno sport stadium in Jakarta, but some others don't," he said.

Consequently, the minister revealed, several sports stadiums have to prepare facilities for practice.

Indonesia was chosen over Brazil and Peru during the FIFA Council Meeting in Shanghai, China.

For the World Cup, Indonesia has prepared 10 sports stadiums, which are located in the capital of Jakarta, and the provinces of West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, South Sumatra, and Bali, according to the ministry.

Indonesia is the only bidder country from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Myanmar pulled out of the bidding process, according to Gatot Widakdo, head of media and international relations section of Indonesian soccer association.

Last month, FIFA delegates visited Indonesia to make a survey of five of the 10 stadiums, according to the association.