With preparations for the 2022 World Cup getting ever closer to completion, the continental tournament is now seen as a way to continue the sporting legacy.
According to the Qatari football federation, Qatar has submitted it’s bid to host the Asian Cup and the 2022 World Cup is a major boost for Qatar to win the right. They will battle likes of Saudi Arabia, Iran, India, and Uzbekistan to host the 2027 Asian Cup.
According to the statement from the Qatari federation, an integrated dossier will be sent to the continental federation, who have already begun to receive other dossiers from the countries interested in playing host to the competition. The country are ready to use the influence of hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup to host the 2027 Asian Cup.
In turn, Mansour Al-Ansari, Secretary General of the Qatari football federation, stated that presenting Qatar’s candidacy to organise the 2027 Asian Cup is evidence of the Qatari desire to continue taking on major events, on the back of the 2022 World Cup fame.
“Qatar will be prepared to host the 2027 Asian Cup, taking advantage of new sports facilities, which will be a legacy for the next Asian generations, according to the Qatari vision for 2030,” said Al-Ansari, who stressed that Qatar has a proven sports record. This record speaks in the context of hosting world, continental and regional events, with Qatar having already hosted the same event in 1988 and 2011, before beginning work on the modern infrastructure and stadium preparations for the 2022 World Cup, the world’s largest sporting event.