Wednesday, July 27, 2005

FIFA to help build soccer fields in Aceh

The world soccer governing body FIFA will soon disburse donation of 1 million US dollars to build soccer fields in the Indonesian tsunami-hit province of Aceh, a local official said Wednesday.

The donation was announced by Windsor John, representative of FIFA Southeast Asia based in Kuala Lumpur, said provincial sports council chairman Zainuddin Hamis.

Windsor and an official from the Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) visited Aceh last week, he was quoted by the Antara news agency (via Xinhua) as saying.

During his visit, Mr John said the donation was intended to build four soccer fields and a soccer stadium in several districts and FIFA would further help rebuild soccer fields and stadiums damaged by last year's tsunami, which left some 120,000 people in the province dead or missing.

FIFA reportedly has conducted surveys in the province to assess which soccer fields need help and found that at least 12 fields deserve the donation.