Hurdles aplenty for Asean World Cup bid

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Asean will jointly bid for the rights to hold the Fifa World Cup in 2034.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Asean will jointly bid for the rights to hold the Fifa World Cup in 2034.PHOTO: REUTERS

Expert says hosting may rack up US$20b bill, transport networks would require overhaul

An Asean World Cup would be a boost to the region on numerous fronts, but a number of issues need to be addressed before a realistic proposal can be put forward.

Social media has been abuzz with frenzied discussions on the feasibility of the idea, after Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced last Sunday that South-east Asian countries will jointly bid to host the World Cup in 2034. He made the declaration after meetings between leaders at the Asean Summit in Bangkok.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2019, with the headline 'Hurdles aplenty for Asean World Cup bid'. Print Edition | Subscribe