(Yicai Global) May 19 -- China's bid to host the World Cup will be a national project, and many details need to be taken into consideration in terms of when to bid for it, Zhang Jian, secretary general of the Chinese Football Association (CFA), said at the 2017 World Football Forum yesterday.
"Bidding for the World Cup is just a matter of time, because it was written in the General Plan for China on Football Reform and Development," said Zhang. "However, which World Cup we will bid for depends on various situations. In the meantime, bidding for the World Cup is a national project which cannot be carried out by the CFA alone. We will assess it in a serious manner."
Zhang was elected to the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Council, the former FIFA Executive Committee, at the 27th Asian Football Confederation Congress 2017 on May 8 in Bahrain. His assumption of a new role could help China better integrate into world soccer culture, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today. The number of council members increased to 37 from 25 after a recent structural reform.
Titan Sports Weekly reported that the CFA had written a formal application to host the 2034 World Cup at the beginning of this month, but the CFA later denied this claim via Weibo.