Qatar have been selected as the hosts for the AFC U23 Asian Cup 2024 by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Competitions Committee at its 5th meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Friday.
Following a comprehensive Bid Evaluation process as well as the overall risk assessment on the key deliverables outlined in the subsequent report, Qatar who will be hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022 in November this year was selected by the Committee from among the five bidders, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan, the Asian Football Confederation said in a press release Friday.
Led by Chairperson, Dr Tran Quoc Tuan, the Committee also lauded the strong momentum gathered by a majority of the AFC Member Associations (MAs) in staging a commendable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Therefore, given the declining impact of the pandemic across Asia, the Committee agreed to recommend to the AFC Executive Committee to discontinue the operation of the Special Rules Applicable to AFC Competitions During Covid-19 Pandemic from 2023 onwards.
In the wake of the decline in the impact of the pandemic on the continent of Asia, the Committee agreed to submit a recommendation to the Executive Office to suspend the operation of the rules of operations applicable in the AFC competitions during the Covid-19 pandemic, as of 2023.
At the same time, the members of the Committee took note of the challenges faced by many national federations and clubs, during their participation in the tournaments, as they continued to search for ways to deal with the complications resulting from this pandemic.
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