08 Feb '11, 4am

ASEAN eyes 2030 World Cup

BANGKOK: ASEAN is considering a making a bid to host the football World Cup in 2030. If it becomes a reality, the World Cup, which is one of the most watched events on the planet, could galvanise the region where the sport is predominantly played. There is no lack of enthusiasm in this region which boast some of the world's most passionate football fans. However, if ASEAN does go ahead with a bid, it will be up against fierce competition possibly from China, India and Australia. Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo said: "If we decide to embark upon this journey, there will be many obstacles along the way. And there's no guarantee that we'll arrive." Soccer's governing body, FIFA, may like the idea of bringing the tournament beyond Europe and Latin America but others are skeptical, like FIFA executive member Worawi Makudi, who is also the president of Football Association...

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