Reportase.one, Jakarta – The world football federation, FIFA, continues to directly check the readiness of the Captain I Wayan Dipta Stadium in Gianyar, Bali, Monday, March 27 2023, as one of the locations for the U-20 World Cup matches.
The FIFA delegation consisting of 18 people plus around 20 LOC and INAFOC staff arrived at the Captain I Wayan Dipta Stadium at around 10.00 WITA. They immediately entered the Bali United Cafe room for a briefing with Christian Schmölzer’s FIFA Team Project Venue Management.
“Despite the cancellation of Bali as the location of the (U-20 World Cup) draw, we are continuing and completing the stadium inspection,” Schmolzer said during an initial briefing session to the inspection teams from FIFA, LOC and INAFOC.
On that occasion, Schmölzer emphasized that he could not confirm whether Indonesia would continue to host the 2023 U-20 World Cup or not because so far FIFA’s official stance had only been limited to canceling Bali as the official drawing location.
“So once again, we have no information about the continuation of the tournament (in Indonesia, ed.),” he said.
In the last inspection session which lasted about two hours, the inspection team was accompanied by the stadium manager, including Stadium Manager Captain I Wayan Dipta Richie Kurniawan and Head of LOC Stadium Captain I Wayan Dipta I Ketut Suantika.
In this activity, Deputy Chairperson II of PSSI Ratu Tisha Destria and Chairperson of Asprov PSSI Bali I Ketut Suardana also accompanied the FIFA inspection team around the stadium.
From around 40 inspection members, Schmolzer divided them into five groups, namely to examine stadium management and security, marketing and competition, then media, broadcasting, IT, and technology, then guest operations, and finally accreditation. .
“We came here directly to check and confirm with the LOC and local authorities on several matters, including stadium management, entry and exit routes and parking areas,” said the FIFA representative.
The FIFA inspection team also inspects each area in the stadium along with its designation, the technical rules for seating arrangements, and the areas for broadcasting matches.
During the checking session, Schmölzer, who was accompanied by Ratu Tisha and Ketut Suardana, inspected the parking area at the Captain I Wayan Dipta Stadium, the field and the stands area.
In between inspections, the process of sewing synthetic rope grass to the grass roots on the Captain I Wayan Dipta Stadium field is also still ongoing.
Captain I Wayan Dipta Stadium and several training venues in Bali such as Ngurah Rai Stadium, Gelora Samudera Kuta, Gelora Tri Sakti Legian Field, and Kompyang Sujana Field in Denpasar, were the final destinations for a series of FIFA inspections in Indonesia on 22–27 March.
A few days earlier, the FIFA delegation had finished inspecting five other stadiums which had been designated as venues for the U-20 World Cup matches from May 20 to June 11.
The five stadiums are Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (Jakarta), Si Starling Harupat Stadium (Bandung, West Java), Manahan Stadium (Solo, Central Java), Gelora Bung Tomo (Surabaya, East Java), and Jakabaring Stadium (Palembang, Sumatra). South).
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