18 Jan '11, 11am

Football: ASEAN eyes joint bid for 2030 World Cup

SINGAPORE: Football-mad Southeast Asia may file a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup as part of efforts to forge closer ties among member countries, according to officials of the regional bloc. Surin Pitsusan, secretary general of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said the bloc's foreign ministers had agreed to file a joint bid to host the tournament, held every four years by Fifa. "As a part of Community building efforts, ASEAN FMs (foreign ministers) agreed to propose to enter a competition to JOINTLY host the Football World Cup in 2030," he said in a Twitter message seen by AFP on Tuesday. Surin posted the message during a meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers held on the Indonesian island of Lombok which ended on Monday. Indonesia holds ASEAN's revolving leadership this year. In another posting Tuesday, Surin said he had received an "avalanche" o...

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