Indonesia U20 World Cup group draw postponed… Aftermath of Israel’s Participation

The schedule was disrupted as the group draw was canceled ahead of the opening of the FIFA U20 World Cup to be held in Indonesia in May. If something goes wrong, the host country may change. 메이저놀이터

The Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) announced on the 26th (local time) that the draw for the U20 World Cup finals scheduled for the 31st has been cancelled.

The U20 World Cup, with a total of 24 teams participating, will be held in six cities in Indonesia from May 20 to June 11.

However, a problem arose when Israel passed the European qualifiers. Indonesia, a representative Muslim country in Southeast Asia, does not look favorably on Israel, which is oppressing Palestine, an Islamic state. In fact, Indonesia has long supported Palestinian independence and has no diplomatic relations with Israel.

Previously, Indonesia had denied entry to Israel during the Asian Games held in Jakarta in 1962.

As the atmosphere has recently formed that sports should not intervene in politics, the Indonesian government welcomes the participation of the Israeli team that has qualified for the U20 World Cup finals.

However, Islamic groups in Indonesia actively oppose Israel’s participation. In addition, the governor of Bali, one of the venues, is demanding that Israel ban the game in Bali.

‘Reuters’ news agency said, “Indonesia may lose the hosting rights,” and predicted, “If the hosting of the U20 World Cup is canceled, Indonesia will not be able to participate in the tournament hosted by FIFA and may suffer economic losses.”

Meanwhile, Korea, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, advanced to the semifinals at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U20 Asian Cup earlier this month, earning the right to advance to the U20 World Cup finals for the second consecutive time.

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