Wednesday, July 06, 2005

India, Iran and Bangladesh interest in Asia Cup

India has expressed an interest in cohosting the 2011 Asian Cup football tournament, along with Iran and Bangladesh. The Asian cup is held quadrennially rotated among the four zones (east, west, ASEAN and south-central) making up the Asian Football Confederation. It will be the turn of south and central Asian countries in 2011. Of these, Iran hastwice hosted the tournament - in 1968 and 1976.

Four ASEAN countries - Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand - are to co-host the 14th edition of the event in 2007. According to New India Press, however, Thailand could be dropped or replaced by another ASEAN country after AFC expressed dissatisfaction over the state of readiness and gave them a four-week deadline last month.

China hosted the last Asian cup in 2004 which was won by Japan.