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2030 World Cup in ASEAN? Why not?

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, January 17 2011   /  11:25 am

In an attempt to boost integration among its people, ASEAN will propose to FIFA that the 10 member countries jointly host the 2030 soccer World Cup.

Foreign ministers of the ASEAN countries — Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar — gathered here Sunday for a retreat meeting agreed to table their candidacy this year to jointly host the world’s biggest sporting event.

ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan said it would be a psychological boost for ASEAN people to unite if they could jointly host the World Cup.

“This is a good way to boost our unity,” he said.

Surin said soccer was the most popular sport in ASEAN countries, with tens of millions of fans across the region.

‘The foreign ministers have tasked Malaysia to come up with a proposal so we can successfully bid to host the...