AFC looking for new host for Asian Cup-2023 after China’s withdrawal

AFC looking for new host for Asian Cup-2023 after China's withdrawal

Kuala Lumpur. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Tuesday sought Expression of Interest (EoI) from all its member associations to host the Asian Cup to be played in 2023 after China pulled out due to circumstances arising out of the deadly Kovid-19 virus. Is. The AFC took this step barely a week before the final qualification round for the main tournament begins.

The third and final qualification phase will be played from June 8 to 14 at different venues to select the 11 teams participating in the tournament. India are in Group D with Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Cambodia and the team has to play their matches at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

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According to a statement issued by the AFC, “Following the decision of China to withdraw as the host of the Asian Cup, the recent 32nd Congress of the AFC has asked the AFC Administration to immediately begin the bidding process to find a new host for the competition, besides this. Directed to define necessary rules for this.

After the completion of the bidding process, the AFC Administration will submit a report with its recommendations to its Executive Committee, which will select the new host of the 2023 tournament. The deadline for interested member associations to submit their EOIs for hosting the tournament is June 30, 2022.

The AFC also canceled direct entry to China as hosts. He will have to go through the qualifiers for a place in the main round. This location can now go to the new host country. A total of 24 teams will participate in the finals of the Asian Cup. Its last event was held in 2019 in which Qatar became the champion.

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