Ministry Supports International Stadium Construction in Bali

KUTA ~

The Ministry of Youth and Sport is supporting the administration of Bali province to construct a world class stadium located in Cengkiling, Pecatu village, Badung district, Bali, the minister recently stated here.

It is expected that with the construction of the stadium, Indonesia will be able to host the World Cup 2022, Roy Suryo remarked at the closing ceremony of the ASEAN Forum and International Conference on Sport Science and Technology (AFICSST) here on Sunday (August 10).

“The opportunity for Indonesia to host the World Cup 2022 is widely open. Moreover, Bali will build an international level stadium,” the minister remarked.

According to him, Bali is one of the five provinces that is expected to meet the FIFA’s (Federation Internationale de Football Association) requirements to be the venue for the event.

“I propose Indonesia to be a part of the World Cup if Qatar steps down to be the host,” Roy Suryo stated, adding that it likely that Indonesia will host the event in 2022.

However, Indonesia cannot single-handedly host FIFA as it requires 20 world class stadiums.

“We can partner with Malaysia, Thailand, and other countries,” Suryo added.

He explained that Indonesia will only be able to facilitate five international level stadiums, which will be located in Jakarta, West Java, and Palembang (South Sumatra), including Bali, if the administration confirms to construct the stadium.

In addition, the ministry also expects Indonesia to host the Formula One World Championship, the highest class of single-seat auto racing.

The ministry has conducted studies and has visited circuits in Australia and Sepang, Malaysia.

“Let us hope and pray that this expectation can be achieved, so that Indonesia is accepted in the international forum to host the World Cup,” Roy Suryo added.

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