Indonesia has been stripped of its U-20 World Cup bid. Coach Shin Tae-yong (53), who leads the Indonesia U-20 national team, could not hide his regret.
The International Football Federation (FIFA) officially announced on the 30th (Korean time) that “Indonesia has been stripped of the right to host the 2023 U-20 World Cup. We will find a new host country as soon as possible.” The tournament was scheduled to kick off in Indonesia from May 20, but the situation changed just before the 51st.
The exact reason is unknown, but it is interpreted as a political or religious problem. Indonesia has a strong anti-Israel sentiment because of the oppression of Palestine, a brother state. Recently, a hard-line Islamic group in Indonesia even delivered a message that they would kidnap Israeli athletes if they entered the country. In the end, it seems that FIFA made the decision to change the venue to protect the players.
Director Shin Tae-yong looked very disappointed. According to an interview video released by CNN Indonesia on the 30th, he said, “It hurts my heart and I am in a mixed mood and it is difficult, but I want to know how hard the players must be. It was a chance to be held, but it’s too bad that it didn’t take place.”
He added, “It’s heartbreaking that young players’ dreams and hopes have disappeared. It’s also heartbreaking to lose the opportunity to watch the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia. It’s hard, so there’s nothing else to say.”
Indonesian players are also shedding tears. Head coach Shin Tae-yong said, “The players also seem to be having a hard time. We gained a lot of confidence while playing in Uzbekistan.
Future plans were also messed up. Director Shin Tae-yong said, “For now, normal training is not possible. I think we should make a decision after hearing the story of the Football Association president. Right now, the main purpose is to stabilize the players’ minds. The amount of training will definitely decrease.” I heard that you can participate in the tournament apart from the loss of the hosting rights. If so, you should prepare for the World Cup while training normally.” 스포츠토토
Currently, coach Shin Tae-yong is directing not only the U-20 national team but also the A national team. He said, “After the World Cup, I will put everything into the national team starting with the A match in June to prepare for the Asian Cup and World Cup qualifiers. I am carefully preparing to make a mark in Southeast Asian football.”
Head coach Shin Tae-yong’s contract with the Indonesian national team expires this year. In order to lead the Asian Cup, which will be held early next year, a contract extension is required. When asked if he had requested an extension, he replied, “Nothing has been said about that yet. We are not in a situation where we can answer at this time.”