Entrusted by Gou Zhongwen, the chairman of the Organizing Committee and director of the State Sports General Administration, Du Zhaocai said in his speech that the 2023 Asian Cup is the concrete implementation of implementing the important directive spirit of general secretary Xi Jinping and speeding up the development and revitalization of our football industry. It is an important window to show the world the great achievements of Chinas reform and opening up and building a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way, and to highlight the citys image and promote it. It is a great historical opportunity for the comprehensive development of urban economy and society. In the preparatory work, we should strengthen the organization and leadership and improve the working mechanism; we should do a good job in epidemic prevention and control and preparation work to ensure that all preparatory tasks are completed on schedule and with high quality; we should insist on opening the Asian Cup and make the Asian Cup a world-class sports event with Chinese characteristics; we should insist on sharing the games and make the Asian Cup a National Peoples festival; we should do a good job of preparing the national team for the competition Work to build a national team capable of recruiting and fighting and with fine style.
Du Zhaocai introduced the composition of the organizing committee. The Organizing Committee of the Asian Cup is composed of personnel from relevant ministries and commissions of the central government and state organs, provinces and cities undertaking the games. The Secretariat of the organizing committee is set up in the Chinese Football Association to undertake the daily work of the organizing committee, and the corresponding working organizations will be set up in each hosting city.
Shi Qiang, Secretary General of the organizing committee, introduced the preparations for the Asian Cup. Since the success of the bid, according to the requirements of perfect, wonderful, safe and orderly, the preparation and organization of the Asian Cup has been carried out in an orderly manner. The design scheme of professional venues has passed the review of the Asian Football Federation, and construction has been started in succession. In addition, the communication with AFC is efficient and smooth, the construction of talent team for hosting the competition is constantly strengthened, the competition organization work is carried out in an all-round way, the publicity and promotion have achieved good results, and the service guarantee of the event has been promoted in a solid way.
Asian Football Association President Salman congratulated the establishment of China Organizing Committee through video, and looked forward to the most wonderful Asian Cup in Chinas history: professional football fields will be built in 10 cities to create first-class football watching experience. Chinas ability to organize and host top international events will be attracting worldwide attention. We firmly believe that China will present an unprecedented success of the Asian Cup to the world in 2023.
The 2023 Asian Cup is the highest level and most influential football event in Asia hosted by the Asian Football Association, and it is also a high-level international sports event hosted by China during the 14th Five Year Plan period. The competition will be held from June to July 2023 in 10 cities, including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xian, Dalian, Qingdao, Xiamen and Suzhou. Teams from 24 countries and regions will participate in the competition. The establishment of the China Organizing Committee for the Asian Cup marks a new stage in the preparation of the Asian Cup.
The conference was held in the form of video conference, with main venue in Beijing and sub venue in each province. Vice chairman of the Organizing Committee: Zhang Jiandong, vice mayor of Beijing; Lu Ke, vice governor of Liaoning Province; Chen Qun, vice mayor of Shanghai; Chen Xingying, vice governor of Jiangsu Province; Zheng Jianmin, vice governor of Fujian Province; sun Jiye, vice governor of Shandong Province; Qu Qian, vice mayor of Chongqing city; Fang Guanghua, vice governor of Shaanxi Province; Wang Fengchao, mayor of Chengdu City; Li Mingyuan, mayor of Xian; Chen shaowang, mayor of Dalian city; and mayor of Suzhou city Li Yaping attended the meeting. Responsible comrades from relevant departments of the central and state organs, member units of the organizing committee, China Football Association, provincial and municipal governments, sports bureaus, football associations and other relevant units attended the meeting.