Myanmar to bid to co-host 2034 World Cup

Myanmar's team at the 2016 Asean Suzuki Cup (Photo-Nyi Nyi Soe Nyunt)

Myanmar, Indonesia and Thailand are bidding to co-host the 2034 World Cup with the approval of the Asean Football Federation (AFF).

Although the Football Association of Malaysia initiated the plan, it is now led by the Football Association of Indonesia because the Malaysians pulled out. Zaw Zaw, president of the Myanmar Football Federation, asked Fifa president Gianni Infantino about a potential World Cup bid. No Asean country could host the competition alone and the tropical climate might prove an obstacle. The event is traditionally held during the wet season in Thailand and Myanmar.

Joko Driyono, the vice president of the Indonesian association, said “The next AFF meeting will confirm the plan. We will have many years to prepare stadiums."

South Korea and Japan held the only Asian World Cup in 2002 while Qatar has been granted the right to host the 2022 tournament.