Southeast Asia could host 2034 FIFA World Cup – Khairy Jamaluddin

Malaysian Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin has announced that all ASEAN countries have agreed to conduct research on the possibility of hosting the 2034 FIFA World Cup within the region.

This decision comes after sports ministers from all ASEAN countries for a conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. The study and research is expected to be completed by next year, after which they will decide as to whether they should bid to host the 2034, with the bidding process slated to kick off in 2019.

“This is not an official bid, but rather a study on the possibility of bidding to be the host of the 2034 World Cup,” Khairy said, as quoted by Utusan Malaysia.

“Before bidding, we have to conduct proper research and take plenty of factors into consideration, because at the end of the day, not all Southeast Asian nations will be hosts.

“But FIFA might consider a bid involving four nations, but everything is premised upon talks and discussions with the respective stakeholders,” he added.

Besides ASEAN, another party that has expressed public interest in potentially making a bid is Zimbabwe, though there has been no confirmation on their intent.

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