The Asian Soccer Confederation introduced, on Wednesday, at a convention in Bahrain, that Saudi Arabia will host the 2027 version of the Asian Soccer Cup, in a check occasion for the wealthy Gulf monarchy, which doesn’t rule out not organizing the World Cup.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has multiplied main sporting occasions lately, was the one candidate to arrange this regional competitors after India’s withdrawal, introduced on the finish of final yr.
“Saudi Arabia is happy to welcome all of Asia,” mentioned Saudi Sports activities Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal in a speech on the thirty third convention.H The AFC convention is in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, a small kingdom neighboring Saudi Arabia.
Titled thrice (1984, 1988 and 1996), Saudi Arabia will stage its first Asian Cup because the nation has been cited as a part of a doable joint bid with Egypt and Greece, though it isn’t presently, in accordance with Prince Abdulaziz.
“We don’t have any nominations for the World Cup,” he informed AFP on the finish of the convention. However, he added, “something is feasible.”
“No matter comes our approach and that we take into account achievable throughout the framework of our imaginative and prescient and technique, we are going to do it,” the minister mentioned, explaining that he had no additional particulars to offer.
“For now, we’re specializing in 2027, as a result of we nonetheless should construct the infrastructure and the like to fulfill the necessities of the Asian Cup,” he mentioned.
Like its Qatari and Emirati neighbours, Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter of crude oil and the most important financial system within the Arab world, more and more organizes sporting competitions: the System 1 Grand Prix, the ePrix (electrical system), the Dakar Rally and the Saudi Tour. bike rider…
At first of October, the dominion was additionally slated to host the 2029 Asian Winter Video games, a choice criticized by environmental activists as a result of desert weather conditions specifically.
Because the accession of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the state has launched into a broad program of financial and social reforms with the goal of eradicating the nation from its heavy dependence on black gold, in addition to to enhance its worldwide picture, towards the backdrop of repeated accusations. of human rights violations.
“I’m positive that Saudi Arabia will host the fantastic Asian Cup,” mentioned FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who additionally attended the Manama convention.
The Asian Cup is organized each 4 years, and this yr it will likely be held within the host nation for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar, which received the final version, which was additionally held within the Gulf, in 2019, within the United Arab Emirates.
The Manama convention was additionally an event for the re-election of Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s president of the Asian Soccer Confederation since 2013, and his renewal for a brand new four-year time period.