Fifa U-20 World Cup draw cancelled in Indonesia, as controversy grows over Israel participation

Indonesians take part in a rally to reject the participation of Israel's team in the Fifa U-20 World Cup, in Jakarta, on March 20. - AFP

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network): Indonesia’s hosting duty for the 2023 U-20 World Cup is suddenly being called into question, after world soccer’s governing body Fifa moved to cancel the tournament’s group stage draw in Bali scheduled for March 31, amid growing opposition to the participation of Israel.

A number of regional heads and chapters from the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle have been vocal in their criticism in recent days, although analysts believe their statements are politically motivated.

With slightly less than two months left before the youth competition begins, all eyes are on the government to be able to decisively curb the swell of political protest against a global sports event that many prefer to keep apolitical.

Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Indonesia , Fifa , World Cup , U-20 , Israel


Next In Aseanplus News

They are at it again: North Korean breaks world record on way to weightlifting gold; country's third world mark in three days
Blackpink’s Lisa dazzles at Parisian cabaret Crazy Horse
Hungarian and U.S. scientists win medicine Nobel for COVID-19 vaccine work
Malaysian manufacturing suffers sharpest business contraction since January
Outcome of Malaysia-India white rice talks to be known this week
Two elves and a scroll: China military releases animation on Taiwan 'reunification'
Japan's top talent agency to dissolve after sex abuse scandal; over 300 seek damages
Always respect your elders - Cambodian PM Hun Manet announces that Oct 1 will a day to remember the elderly
Laos joins many other South-East Asian countries in ordering better management of rare earth mining
Brunei, Malaysia continue to strengthen ties, says Malaysian envoy

Air Pollutant Index

Highest API Readings

    Select State and Location to view the latest API reading

    Source: Department of Environment, Malaysia

    Others Also Read