Thursday, March 30, 2023

AIFF withdraws bid to host AFC Asian Cup 2027

The Government Committee of the All India Soccer Federation on Monday withdrew its bid to host the AFC Asian Cup 2027. As per the strategic Roadmap of the Federation, which will likely be introduced later this month, the AIFF administration thinks the internet hosting of huge occasions doesn’t match into the Federation’s strategic priorities. Saudi Arabia is about to host the 2027 Asian Cup after India withdrew its bid.

“Our current focus is building the foundations of proper footballing structure before thinking of hosting bigger events like the AFC Asian Cup,” mentioned the Government Committee in an announcement.

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AIFF president Mr. Kalyan Chaubey mentioned, “India has always been a wonderful and efficient host to big tournaments, which was amply demonstrated in the recently concluded FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. However, the EC has decided that the overall strategy of the Federation currently remains on focusing on the fundamental goals to strengthen our football at every level, from grassroots to youth development. At the same time, we must also strengthen our stakeholders, especially the State Associations and work closely with the clubs to bring about a change in every aspect of football at the domestic level. All such aspects will truly be implemented when the Roadmap is announced later this month.”

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In 2020, India submitted its bid for internet hosting the 2027 AFC Asian Cup in 2027. India had additionally joined the race for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, alongside Thailand, Indonesia and South Korea, however pulled out early in October 2018. Later, Thailand and South Korea additionally pulled out leaving China the only nation to host the 2023 event. However it can now be performed in Qatar after China additionally withdrew as host. Qatar, which is internet hosting the continued FIFA World Cup, has already staged the Asian Cup twice.

India has featured 4 occasions within the AFC Asian Cup and its greatest efficiency was a runner-up end in 1964 when it was a round-robin event and not using a ultimate and competed amongst simply 4 groups.

With inputs from AP

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