India is set to bid for the 2027 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, assured of getting the nod forward of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Making the announcement right here on Wednesday, All India Football Federation president Praful Patel sounded extraordinarily optimistic of India’s prospects of enjoying host to the celebrated quadrennial competitors. The final date for submitting the bid paperwork is December 18 and the AFC is probably going to announce the successful bid within the second quarter of 2021.
When Sportstar requested Patel how life like had been India’s possibilities of clinching the bid forward of rivals like Qatar and Saudi Arabia, he stated, “Our chances are bright. Qatar is hosting the next World Cup and Saudi Arabia is a leading football nation in the continent. That does not mean we don’t have a chance.
“As you are aware, China is hosting the next edition of the Asian Cup (in 2023). So why can’t we impress the AFC to give us an opportunity to host the event? After all, we got to host the 2017 FIFA under-17 World Cup and two other major events in 2022 (the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the AFC Women’s Asian Cup) by outbidding other contenders.”
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju assured all assist from the Union Government and reiterated his dedication to do his finest for the National Sports Federations to herald “big events” to the nation.
Saudi Arabia, like India, has not hosted this occasion earlier than. Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup, hosted the Asian Cup in 1988 and 2011.