Defending champions Qatar will host the Asian Cup for the third time in its history, a year after the World Cup.
The 2023 Asian Cup football tournament will be held in Qatar, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced after China withdrew earlier this year because of the “zero-COVID” policy.
The Asian Cup is held every four years. Qatar won the final edition of the tournament, hosted by the United Arab Emirates in 2019.
This is the third time Qatar has hosted the tournament, having held it in 1988 and 2011.
In June 2019, China was designated to host the 2023 event but they withdrew in May this year, leaving AFC struggling to find a new host for the 24-team men’s football tournament. his head.
South Korea and Indonesia are the other two countries running after China’s withdrawal, but Qatar agreed on Monday.
Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup, which opens on November 20. The World Cup, normally held in the summer in the Northern Hemisphere, has been moved to November and December due to the extreme heat in Qatar during June. and July.
The Gulf country has built seven new stadiums and upgraded another around the capital Doha to host the 32-team World Cup.
The AFC has yet to announce the date of the 2023 Asian Cup.
AFC director Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa praised Qatar’s “world-class infrastructure and unparalleled hosting capabilities” and said Qatar was ready to participate in the event despite the short preparation time.
“With the short preparation time, we know that the hard work will begin immediately, but with the existing world-class infrastructure and unparalleled hosting capabilities, we are confident that Qatar will have a performance worthy of the prestige and stature of Asia’s crown jewel,” he said in a statement.