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Thailand faces the risk of losing the right to host 2020 AFC U23 Championship

Thailand faces the risk of losing the right to host 2020 AFC U23 Championship

Thailand is facing the risk of losing the right to host 2020 AFC U23 Championship when their progress of upgrading stadiums is not satisfactory.

As expected, Thailand will be the host country of 2020 AFC U23 Championship. With the right to host, the War Elephant has a chance to participate in the tournament as the host country. However, with the progress of the stadium upgrade being sluggish, Thailand may lose the right to host the tournament if they fails to make progress.

As expected, the inspection team of the Asian Football Federation (AFC) will travel to Thailand again in October to identify the performance of all four venues including the Chiang Mai 700th Anniversary Stadium in Chiang Mai, Thammasat University Stadium. at Rangsit, Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok and Tinsulanonda Stadium in Songkhla.

Thailand faces the risk of losing the right to host 2020 AFC U23 Championship

In case the venue is not guaranteed, Thailand may be deprived of the right to host the tournament. Besides, they will also lose their participation as the host country, which makes the Thai Football Federation President extremely worried.

“The AFC has not signed an agreement to host the tournament with Thailand. Their inspection team will make the final decision, so all parties involved must speed up the work. This will be a big loss if we are denied the right to host the tournament”, Chairman of the Thai Football Federation said.

"This means that our U23 will not be able to join the finals anymore and we cannot qualify for the 2020 Olympics".