India on Wednesday joined a five-nation race to host the 2027 Asian Cup, the continent’s greatest soccer match, because it steps up efforts to safe worldwide sporting recognition.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar have already formally entered the fray and an All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) spokesman mentioned the nation’s paperwork can be despatched to the Asian Soccer Confederation this week.
Iran and Uzbekistan have additionally mentioned they are going to bid.
India, as soon as referred to as a “sleeping large” of soccer by former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, has stepped up its curiosity in internet hosting worldwide occasions in recent times.
It placed on the 2017 under-17 males’s World Cup and can host the 2022 girls’s Asian Cup and the 2021 under-17 girls’s World Cup. India can be contemplating a bid for the 2032 Olympics.
AIFF president Praful Patel mentioned the Asian Cup bid would additional the nation’s status as an rising soccer nation.
“We have a look at it positively, we have a look at it aggressively. I’ve little doubt in my thoughts that India as a footballing nation by 2027 must be able to not solely host it however to take part in it meaningfully,” Patel informed reporters.
Sports activities minister Kiren Rijiju mentioned internet hosting the Asian Cup can be “an enormous milestone” for the cricket-mad nation of 1.3 billion individuals.
India’s males are presently ranked 104th in FIFA’s world rankings however the launch of the Indian Tremendous League has introduced elevated worldwide consideration to the nation.