Singapore in Asean bid to host World Cup

Singapore has set the target of holding the 2030 World Cup as part of a combined Asean bid according to FAS President Zainudin
Football Association of Singapore (FAS) President Zainudin Nordin confirmed in a televised interview with Mediacorp's Suria Channel that Singapore has set the 'target and goal' of hosting the World Cup as part of a combined Asean bid.

The idea of a combined bid first surfaced two years ago when it was reported that Malaysia had taken the lead in putting together a bid following a meeting of foreign ministers from the region in 2010.

Zainudin speaking on television show BICARA, when asked if Asean was looking to host the 2026 World Cup, stated that he was positive about the proposal suceeding. Although it was likely that the interviewer had meant 2030, as the 2026 edition is not slated to be held in Asia.

"It’s a target and goal," he replied when asked on the ability to host the world's biggest sporting event.

"With confidence and commitment, we will be able to put forth a solid proposal.

"I think we will stand a chance. I am happy about the target, and optimistic about our chance."

The 2014 World Cup will be held in Brazil with Russia lined up for 2018.

In 2022, Qatar will be the first Asian country to host the event since the historic Japan-Korean Finals of 2002. With Fifa not keen on holding the competition in the same continent for two consecutive editions, it was earlier reported that Asean had targetted the 2030 edition.

At the 31st FAS Annual General Meeting in September, Zainudin had spoken of Singapore's hopes of hosting either of the Youth World Cups in 2019.

He reiterated the plans in the television interview, adding:"We are looking into this, and this is a project that FAS is keen to take on. If we continue improving ourselves, I am confident of our chances."

Singapore last hosted a major sporting event in 2010 with the inaugural Youth Olympics Games. The Asian Youth Games were also held here in 2009.