Jakarta: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo welcomed Indonesia's appointment as the host of the 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup soccer tournament.
The appointment was confirmed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino. The Fifa Council Meeting was held in Shanghai, China on Thursday, October 24, 2019.
During the bidding process, Indonesia competed against Brazil and Peru. However, FIFA Council then decided to choose the Southeast Asian country.
"Today's good news came from the FiFa Council Meeting held in Shanghai, China. Indonesia was appointed as the host of the 2021 U-20 World Cup," said President Jokowi on his official Facebook account on Thursday, October 24, 2019.
"Indonesia will prepare 10 stadiums: Gelora Bung Karno (Jakarta), Pakansari (Bogor), Manahan (Solo), I Wayan Dipta (Bali), Mandala Krida (Yogyakarta), Jakabaring (Palembang), Wibawa Mukti (Cikarang), Patriot (Bekasi), Jalak Harupat (Bandung) and Gelora Bung Tomo (Surabaya)," President Jokowi explained.
It will be a historic event for Indonesia. The country has never hosted any FIFA tournament.
The international tournament will take place from May 20, 2019 until June 11, 2019. 24 nations from six confederations will participate in the competition.