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Football: China will host 2023 Asian Cup, says AFC

PARIS: Asia’s football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa said that China’s staging of the 2023 Asian Cup would serve as a “launchpad” for the country’s teams of the future. China was confirmed earlier on Tuesday as host at the AFC’s Extraordinary Congress in Paris after all the other countries in the running dropped their bids, giving the Chinese a possible dry-run for organising a future World Cup. “This is an important moment for football in Asia and beyond,” said Sheikh Salman, FIFA’s second-in-command, who was reelected to a fresh four-year term as AFC president in April. “Football has the chance to unlock the potential that exists in the world’s most populous country. “We have seen the rise of the game under the direction. —afp

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