12 Apr '11, 9pm

World Cup boost for ASEAN: by Shamir Osman SINGAPORE - ASEAN are a step closer to submitting a joint bid to host...

SINGAPORE - ASEAN are a step closer to submitting a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup finals. It started out as an informal discussion between the foreign ministers of the regional body last July in Hanoi. In January, Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo said ASEAN would be able to pull it off. On Sunday, all 11 members of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) gave their support to the idea of a joint bid to host the biggest event on the sports calendar. According to sources, AFF members will form a committee and study the viability of a bid, which will be discussed at the next council meeting in July. Earlier this year, ASEAN secretary general Surin Pitsuwan said that Malaysia had been tasked to come up with a proposal. Malaysia's foreign minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman told Bernama news agency on Monday: "It will be a unifying factor for the ASEAN community if we could...

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