JawaPos.com-Menpora Zainudin Amali has ensured that the six main stadiums and supporting fields for the 2023 U-20 World Cup are ready to host the tournament which will be held from 20 May to 11 June 2023.
Zainudin stated that the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) in charge of infrastructure has also carried out minor renovations to the stadium which is currently still used for domestic league matches.
“But FIFA as a whole doesn’t matter because it’s just a small improvement. Six main stadiums and their supporting fields are ready in six cities,” said Zainudin in Jakarta, Tuesday
The six stadiums that have been prepared for the U-20 World Cup are Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta, Jakabaring Stadium in Palembang, Si Jalak Harupat Stadium in Bandung, Manahan Stadium in Solo, Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium in Surabaya and Captain’s Stadium. I Wayan Dipta in Gianyar, Bali.
The Under-20 World Cup was supposed to be held last year but FIFA decided to postpone it until next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the stadium that was temporarily hosting it was used for club matches.
However, the six main stadiums called Zainudin remain under the supervision of PUPR to ensure that all of them comply with FIFA standards.
The Minister of Youth and Sports said in October that FIFA would again review preparations for the 2023 U-20 World Cup in Indonesia.
He also asked the public not to doubt the implementation of the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia, especially since FIFA has released the official logo and attended the launch of the mascot in Jakarta.
Meanwhile, PSSI General Chair Mochamad Iriawan has also confirmed the readiness of Gelora Bung Tomo Surabaya as one of the locations for the match that has been prepared.
“There are still six stadiums that we have requested from FIFA. Six stadiums, including Surabaya, will still be used,” said Iriawan
“And we’ve talked with the Mayor of Surabaya and I asked how it was handled…hopefully, God willing, it can be (used),” he said.