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Jakarta set for new arena ahead of FIBA World Cup

The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is set for a new arena that can seat up to 20,000 fans ahead of its co-hosting of basketball’s FIBA World Cup in 2023.

Indonesia will co-host the World Cup with the Philippines and Japan. It will mark the first time that more than one country has staged the event.

Indonesia’s Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali has revealed that the government plans on building a venue that meets the standards of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), which requires arenas that seat 8,000 fans.

“So far we have no venue with a world-class standard,” he said, according to the Philippine News Agency. “We have to build one with a world-class capacity.”

Jakarta currently has a 5,000-seat arena that is used to stage the annual Indonesia Open badminton tournament.

Danny Kosasih, head of the Indonesian Basketball Association, revealed that President Joko Widodo has granted the federation a permit to build an arena that could seat between 15,000 and 20,000 fans.

The 2023 FIBA World Cup is scheduled to run from September 1-17.

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