KOI Baffled as Indonesia Still on Waiting List for Islamic Solidarity Games

Indonesia's U22 football team can miss the chance to participate in the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games after registration failure. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)

By : Hendro Situmorang | on 2:55 PM April 01, 2017
Category : Sports, Football

Jakarta. The Indonesian Olympic Committee, or KOI, has sent an inquiry to the organizers of the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games in Azerbaijan to find out why the country's U22 national football team has not been included in the event that kicks off in May.

Since the team is currently preparing for the Southeast Asian Games in August, the Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG) would be a good warmup for Luis Milla's squad.

The event's organizers have  put Indonesia on the waiting list.

"We're asking [the ISG authorities] why we are on the waiting list; we submitted all documents required already in December," KOI spokesman Radja Parlindungan Pane said on Friday (31/03).

According to Radja, the issue was not triggered by Indonesia's low position in the FIFA ranking, as Palestine, which ranks even lower, is already on the ISG's participants list.

"We're also wondering if there are participation quotas. When Indonesia hosted the ISG no quotas were set," he added.

As submissions had to be made by April, Indonesia is on the verge of missing the chance to compete.

"We've followed all registration guidelines given to us by KOI," Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) secretary general Ade Wellington said.

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