17 December 2022

Merely one candidate remained to host a future tournament

On 05 December the Asian football organization has released a statement which was confirmed that India has withdrawn its candidacy to organize the continental championship in five years time. The reason of pulling back to host a major event was not given, but Indian media indicated that the federation has declared that "is not among its strategic priorities" to arrange such event. Simply, they like to focus more on grassroots programme and youth development before organizing a big competition.
With Islamic Republic of Iran and Uzbekistan have pulled out of the race in October, there is only one candidate which so far has never hosted these tournaments before. Hence, when the Congress is going to bring a decision on 01 February 2023, it is now almost certain that Saudi Arabia would win the rights to host the Asian Cup 2027.


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