MANILA -- Southeast Asian nations are coming together to organize a bid to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is playing host to a week-long gathering of regional sports and government officials from the 11-country region as they push a joint effort to host the World Cup.
"It will be a collaborative undertaking and part of the agenda for the entire region is to prioritize the concept of sports for all," PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez said at the 5th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Sports (AMMS).
AMMS delegates arrived on Sunday for the gathering that will run until Thursday.
A few months ago, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha announced that ASEAN members will launch a joint bid to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup, which is a first in the history of the sport.
After Qatar plays host to the World Cup in 2022, joint hosting bids among countries have become the trend with the trio of Canada, Mexico and the United States joining forces in 2026, while Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile submitted a combined proposal for 2030.
Besides the ASEAN bid, Ramirez said the 11 countries will likewise work on revitalizing the ASEAN Work Plan on Sports for 2016-2020, discuss the establishment of the esports SEA Foundation and implement the decisions from previous meetings of the AMMS and the Senior Officials Meeting on Sports.
Among those who arrived for the 5th AMMS are his Sar Sokha of Cambodia, Phouvanh Vongsouthi of Laos, Tan Wei Ming of Singapore, Ahmad Shapawi Bin Ismail of Malaysia, Aminuddin Ihsan Pehn Dato HJ Abidin of Brunei, Mya Than Htike of Myanmar, Kumekawa Hirokazu of Japan, Le Thi Hoang Yen of Vietnam, and Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn of Thailand.
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