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Tourism minister puts brake on Thailand hosting 2034 football World Cup

Thailand’s tourism and sports minister Kobkarn Wattanavarangul has cautioned the country’s football authorities in their eagerness to stage the 2034 FIFA World Cup.

She said it costs a lot of money, uses a big budget and could leave the country facing hardship as a result.

But she personally likes the idea and would lend her ministry’s support.

Thailand’s football chiefs of FAT announced their intention at a meeting in Bali to put in a bid to jointly host the tournament with Indonesia.

The World Cup is the sporting world’s biggest event and only Asian powerhouses Japan and South Korea in 2002 were successful in bringing the sports’ showpiece event to the continent.

The minister commented to Voice TV:

“Personally I like the plans and I think it is a great idea for Thailand. But the World Cup means a big investment and would use a large budget so everything needs to be looked at very carefully.

“But my ministry is ready to help with the bid as necessary”.

She also cautioned that some countries have staged a successful World Cup but have struggled in the aftermath.

“What comes after the tournament is important as the World Cup has pulled the economy of some countries down so everything must be examined in detail”.

She mentioned that stadiums would need to be built and that would mean a lot of cooperation with the private sector.

Thai VisaVoice TV

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