According to Xinhua News Agency, the first regional work meeting of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup China Organizing Committee will be held in Dalian on the 10th. Du Zhaocai, deputy director of the State Sports General Administration and executive chairman of the Chinese Organizing Committee, stated that he will take advantage of the opportunity of hosting the Asian Cup to promote the development of the football industry, exchange experience in depth, clarify work priorities, and enhance the sense of coordination, so as to lay a solid foundation for the next stage of preparations. basis.
Du Zhaocai said that since the launch of the Asian Cup preparations in January 2020, with the guidance and help of the AFC and the strong support of the provinces and cities where each competition area is located, the Asian Cup Organizing Committee and ten competition areas have been doing a good job of preventing the epidemic. While controlling the work, it actively resumed work and production, with high standards and strict requirements, and efficiently promoted various preparatory work, achieved staged progress and achieved a good start.
So far, the preparatory work for the Asian Cup has maintained a smooth and orderly operation. The design plans of nine professional football stadiums have been reviewed and approved and have entered the construction phase one after another; the competition team in the competition area has gradually improved, the competition organization has been carried out in an orderly manner, and the training ground construction has started; The host city has established close ties with the Asian Cup Organizing Committee, forming an effective communication mechanism.
Du Zhaocai hopes that each competition area has a deep understanding of the importance of hosting the Asian Cup, and further strengthens the confidence and determination to successfully run the competition; taking the establishment of the competition area organizing committee as an opportunity, further clarify responsibilities, improve the mechanism, optimize the team, and provide strong support for the success of the competition. Organizational guarantee; promote the construction and construction of professional football stadiums with high standards, increase the propaganda work of stadium construction, and leave a valuable tangible legacy for Chinese football; attach great importance to the organization of competitions and equip them with strong competition teams; expand the youth football population, Promoting the development of youth football in China is an important goal for the success of the game.
Regarding the use of the Asian Cup to promote the development of youth football, Du Zhaocai further explained that the State Sports General Administration and the Ministry of Education have recently jointly issued the "Opinions on Deepening the Integration of Sports and Education and Promoting the Healthy Development of Youth". As the top Asian football game, the Asian Cup has unique characteristics. Event resources, platform advantages and strong influence. Taking advantage of the opportunity of hosting the Asian Cup to cultivate youth interest in football and expand the youth football population is an important measure to implement the "China Football Reform and Development Overall Plan" and one of the important tasks of the Asian Cup in 2023. It has broad and far-reaching significance. And social value.
In addition, He Xi, Deputy Secretary-General of the China Organizing Committee, and the host cities also introduced the corresponding preparations. On the same day, the participants also visited the Dalian Football Youth Training Base, which hosted the first stage of the 2020 Chinese Super League. And set a "record" of hosting 2 games in 6 and a half hours on July 26 and 5 games in a week from August 24 to 30.
The 18th Asian Cup will be held in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi'an, Dalian, Qingdao, Xiamen and Suzhou in 2023.