China considers 2026 bid

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Chinese Football Association (CFA) president Wei Di has confirmed the governing body is exploring the feasibility of bidding to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Wei went on a fact–finding mission to the recently–completed FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and has indicated that the time is right for the country to table a formal bid. "We are studying the feasibility of the bid and have yet to submit the request to the State General Administration of Sports (the Sports Ministry) for approval to proceed with a formal bid, " Wei told state–run agency Xinhua. "Personally speaking, I think China has no reason not to bid and now is the best time for bidding, " he added. "If we succeed in the 2026 World Cup bid, I believe it would produce great changes to Chinese soccer. " Despite hosting the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, a bid to stage FIFA's showpiece would be a bold move considering the state of the game in China. The national team has only qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals on one occasion – in 2002 – and the CFA has endured a tough year with several leading officials being axed in the wake of a gambling scandal that also saw two top–flight clubs, Guangzhou and Chengdu, demoted to the second tier. About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comSubscribers to Major Events International can take advantage ofexcellent discounted rates for The Sport Briefing. Sign up now to receive a 20% discount on your annual licence for TheSport Briefing. Special rates are also available for company–widesubscriptions. Subscribers receive a daily digest or up to 30 stories from across every sector of the global sports industry, access to the 24–sevenwww. thesportbriefing. com website and a hard copy of the quarterlymagazine. For more information, email info@thesportbriefing. com or call +(0) 44 207 963 7888.

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