Press Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia on the U-20 Football World Cup, at Sultan Hasanuddin Airport, Maros Regency, South Sulawesi Province, March 30, 2023
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Last night, I received a report from Chairman of the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) that FIFA has decided to call off the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia. Of course, we have to respect this decision.
I know this decision has made many people disappointed. I also feel the same way, disappointed and sad.
Do not waste energy blaming each other. However, as a big nation, we must look forward, not to look back. Let this be a valuable lesson for all of us, for Indonesia national football.
Also, I have asked Chairman of the PSSI, Mr. Erick Thohir, to make the best effort possible, so no sanctions to be imposed against Indonesia and Indonesia still has the chance to host other international events.
That concludes my statement.
I thank you.
Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.