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China cites pandemic and withdraws as host of 2023 Asian Cup

China withdrew to host football’s 2023 Asian Cup on Saturday in the latest cancellation of the country’s sports hosting duties amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Asian Football Confederation praised Chinese football officials for taking “this very difficult but necessary decision in the collective interest of the AFC Asian Cup.”

The 24-nation tournament was set to be played in 10 cities in June and July next year in largely newly built stadiums.

China’s withdrawal could allow Qatar or Saudi Arabia to host, while both are bidding for a competition to host the 2027 edition. India and Iran are also candidates for the 2027 edition, with a decision expected early next year.

Qatar has stadiums to host the 2022 World Cup, which kicks off in November. However, an Asian Cup start in June 2023 is unlikely due to the extreme heat in the Qatari summer, making early 2024 a better option.

The four-yearly Asian Cup is traditionally played in January and February. Qatar (2011) and Australia (2015) hosted the tournament when it was played in January, while the 2019 event was held in the United Arab Emirates from January 5 to February 1.

China was scheduled to host the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou in September, but that was postponed along with nearly all international sporting events in the country. China has hosted the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, albeit under a strict lockdown for athletes and officials with few fans able to attend.

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