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China to host 2023 Asian Cup after Korea withdraw bid

AFP  |  Seoul 

have abandoned their bid to stage football's Asian Cup in 2023, authorities said, leaving the sole other bidders with a free run to become hosts.

The Korea Association (KFA) said in a statement it had pulled out to "strategically focus" on a joint bid with to host the Women's in the same year.

The KFA announced the joint bid in March, but diplomatic contacts between and have since dwindled with North Korea-US nuclear talks deadlocked.

"For the Women's World Cup, and the will provide active support so that the joint hosting by South and North Koreas can be materialised," the KFA's said in the statement late Wednesday.

withdrawal means that should on June 4 be confirmed by the AFC (Asian Confederation) as hosts of the nations championship finals for the second time.

staged the tournament in 2004 when the hosts lost 3-1 to in the final. The KFA announced Seoul's bid to host the 24-nation 2023 edition two years ago, saying it hoped to "host the most prestigious tournament in Asia" 63 years after holding it for the first time in 1960.

and had also previously expressed interest in hosting the 2023 event, but dropped their bids earlier.

This year's tournament in the UAE was expanded to 24 nations for the first time with winning the final 3-1 against

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 10:11 IST