Doha, Qatar :100 Days Until AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 Kickoff
Qatar marked a significant milestone with 100 days remaining until the highly anticipated AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023, celebrated during a special event in Doha. Attended by distinguished guests including the AFC General Secretary, Datuk Seri Windsor John, Mansoor Al Ansari, LOC Managing Director, Jassim Al Jassim, LOC CEO, Hani Ballan, LOC Board Member, and other members of the LOC senior management team, the ceremony unveiled the tournament slogan: "Hayya Asia," meaning "Let's go Asia" in Arabic, symbolizing the tournament's vitality and unifying spirit.
With nine stadiums hosting 51 matches from January 12 to February 10, 2024, Qatar is preparing to host the AFC Asian Cup for the third time, following successful editions in 1988 and 2011. This 18th AFC Asian Cup will feature the host country as the defending champions, building upon the legacy of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which took place for the first time in the Arab world and Middle East a year ago.
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairman of the Asian Cup Qatar 2023 Local Organizing Committee, expressed excitement about hosting 51 matches in nine world-class stadiums and welcoming the top 24 teams from Asia. He emphasized the readiness of Qatar's infrastructure, cultural experiences, and vibrant stadiums to provide a memorable and lasting experience for football fans.
The tournament promises a vibrant atmosphere as fans from across Asia and beyond are expected to flock to Qatar to support their teams. The compact nature of Qatar's venues, coupled with an efficient rail system and modern road network, will enhance the convenience for fans and players throughout the competition.
Sheikh Hamad emphasized the tournament's power to unite people, promote cultural exchange, and foster understanding among nations. The Asian Cup will not only showcase football excellence but also invite the world to discover and appreciate diverse cultures.
The tournament will feature teams like Tajikistan making their debut, and others like Hong Kong, China returning after a 68-year absence. Football giants such as Australia, Japan, and Korea Republic will aim to build on their successes from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Meanwhile, former champions Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the Islamic Republic of Iran will vie for the title once again, drawing large crowds and regional enthusiasm.
Sheikh Hamad highlighted the tournament's role as a celebration of football for the entire continent, inviting fans from across Asia to enjoy world-class football and experience Qatar's signature hospitality.
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