Extra time given for bids to host soccer's 2023 Asian Cup

Malaysia's Muhammad Syafiq Ahmad, right, fights for the ball with Bangladesh's Tutul Badsha during a qualifier match for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 held at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Countries wanting to replace China as host of soccer’s 2023 Asian Cup were given extra time to prepare a bid by the Asian Football Confederation on Tuesday.

The AFC said it extended a deadline to July 15 from June 30 for member federations to show interest.

South Korea has said it wants to host the 24-nation tournament which was due to kick off in June next year. The four-yearly Asian Cup is typically played in January.

China gave up last month the 2023 hosting rights it was awarded in 2019, making it the latest international sports event canceled in the pandemic amid the country’s “zero-COVID” policy.

The 2023 host is being chosen during a lengthy bidding process for the 2027 Asian Cup which shapes as a contest between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. India and Iran have also bid.

The AFC executive committee is set to pick the 2023 host this year, before member federations vote for the 2027 host early next year.


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