On Saturday, May 14, the Chinese Football Association officially informed the Asian Football Confederation of its inability to host the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, which was scheduled to start in 10 Chinese cities from June 16 to July 16, 2023.

According to the AFC’s official website, the decision was made after extensive consultations with the Chinese Federation, as the latter informed the AFC of its inability to host the Asian Cup finals next year.

The AFC had chosen China to host the Asian event on June 5, 2019 during the extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly in Paris, and during the last period the AFC worked closely with the Chinese Federation and the Local Organizing Committee of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, and important steps were taken, including the launch of The tournament logo and the unveiling last year of the completion of construction work on the new Shanghai Bandung Stadium.

China will host the Winter Olympics in February 2022 (Getty)

The AFC said on its official website that it took into account the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to China waiving the hosting rights, and expressed its appreciation to China, the Chinese Federation and the Local Organizing Committee for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, who made this difficult decision, but As stated, it was necessary for the common interests of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.

During the coming period, the AFC will have sufficient time to assess the situation regarding hosting the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, and it will continue to work closely with commercial partners and all parties to the game in order to determine the next steps, provided that the next steps will be announced in due course. related to hosting the Asian Cup next year.

Where will the 2023 Asian Cup be held?

It is expected during the coming period to choose the country that will host the 2023 Asian Cup, and there are 4 countries ready to receive this event, most notably Qatar and Saudi Arabia, along with India and Iran. Because the 2022 World Cup will be held on Qatari soil at the end of this year, and the necessary modern infrastructure is available to receive the Asian event.

As for Saudi Arabia, which has applied to host the 2027 Asian Cup, it currently needs to build new stadiums and facilities to host the Asian Cup next year, which is not possible in light of time constraints, and this gives preference to Qatar, which hosted the Asian Champions League over the East and West regions two years ago, In light of the Corona pandemic.

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