Wednesday, May 16, 2012 -
Uzbekistan could become a candidate to host the World Cup, the chief of the international governing body of football said Wednesday.
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter made the remarks while on a visit to the Uzbek capital Tashkent, where he held consultations with Uzbek President Islam Karimov.
“In the future, Uzbekistan could be a candidate to host the World Cup,” the RIA Novosti news agency reported Blatter as saying.
“Uzbekistan is ready to hold many competitions held under the auspices of FIFA. The country is also ready to hold the FIFA Congress [which is responsible for choosing the organization’s president and deciding on FIFA’s governing statutes].”
In December 2011, FIFA revoked the U-20 Women’s World Cup 2012 hosting duties from Uzbekistan, saying there were “a number of logistical and technical issues”.
The summer championships are slated to be held from August 18 to September 9 in Japan.