Qatar is the first Arab country to host the FIFA World Cup this year. After this November-December World Cup, the country is going to host another mega event. The country will also host the AFC Asian Cup in 2023. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed this information on Monday (October 17).
China got the right to organize this event in 2019. But they withdrew from organizing this tournament due to the adoption of zero tolerance policy against coronavirus. After that, South Korea, Indonesia and Qatar expressed interest in becoming the new host countries. In the end, AFC chose Qatar. AFC President Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa confirmed Qatar’s hosting in a statement.
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He said that Qatar’s ability and previous experience in organizing major international events and the fact that it has taken responsibility seriously in all areas is highly appreciated all over the world.
As Qatar hosts the World Cup, AFC believes that they will be able to host this event very well as the country has world-class infrastructure and capabilities. Earlier, Qatar hosted the Asian Cup twice. They organized this tournament for the first time in 1988 and for the second time in 2011. The country also won the title in the last edition organized in 2019.
Along with the construction of seven stadiums, Qatar has also built other infrastructure for the World Cup. The Asian Cup was originally scheduled to be held in June-July 2023, but it could be late next year or early 2024, considering the change of host and Qatar’s hot weather.
As there was no response from the Qatar government’s media office, Reuters could not tell us in its report when exactly this event will be held.