- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (AP) - Indonesia has submitted its bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup, a bid official said Saturday.

The deadline for submissions of final bids is March 16, and Nugraha Besoes, secretary general of the All Indonesia Football Association, confirmed the nation’s bid was sent on Tuesday to FIFA, soccer’s governing body.

Indonesia is among nine countries that signaled their intention to bid in February, and is considered an outsider among that group.

The other countries that announced intentions to bid were: South Korea, Australia, Japan, England, Russia, Qatar, Mexico and the United States. South Africa will host in 2010 and Brazil in 2014.

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