In­done­sia to lead SE Asian 2034 WCup bid

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In­done­sia is set to lead a con­sor­tium of South East Asian coun­tries in an am­bi­tious bid to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup, the coun­try’s foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion said yes­ter­day. Joko Driy­ono, the vice-pres­i­dent of the In­done­sia’s foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion, PSSI, said the coun­try had pro­posed to lead the South East Asian con­sor­tium at an Asian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (AFF) coun­cil meet­ing in Viet­nam ear­lier this month.

“It will be of­fi­cially en­dorsed in the (AFF) coun­cil meet­ing in Bali in Septem­ber,” Driy­ono told AFP.

Driy­ono said the bid to host the most pres­ti­gious foot­ball event was “am­bi­tious” but that the con­sor­tium, com­pris­ing coun­tries from the As­so­ci­a­tion of South East Asian Na­tions (ASEAN), had 17 years to pre­pare. The dead­line to regis­ter a bid is 2026.

Due to ge­o­graph­i­cal and in­fra­struc­ture con­sid­er­a­tions, only two or three of the 10 ASEAN mem­ber coun­tries would be in a po­si­tion to host matches in the 2034 World Cup, Driy­ono added.

He be­lieved the bid would pro­vide a boost to In­done­sia and its neigh­bours in their ef­forts to im­prove their foot­ball per­for­mance. The game in In­done­sia has been suf­fer­ing from prob­lems for years, from the cre­ation of a break­away as­so­ci­a­tion that tore the foot­ball es­tab­lish­ment apart to cases of for­eign play­ers be­ing treated badly.

“It is time that South East Asia hosts the World Cup, and the pro­gres­sive growth of Asia, es­pe­cially South­east Asia, brings an op­ti­mism for us,” Driy­ono said. —AFP

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