Wednesday, 25th February 2009
Japan could host World Cup if Olympics bid fails, says JFA head
Motoaki Inukai, head of the Japan Football Association (JFA), has said he hopes Japan could still host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022, even if it is not successful in its bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.
"Just because the bid doesn't work out for Tokyo 2016 won't mean we will automatically give up staging the World Cup," he commented.
Japan is thought to be at a disadvantage in its bid for the tournament because it does not currently have an 80,000-capacity stadium which is required for the first match and the final.
If Tokyo is successful in its bid for the Olympics Games, however, it would build a new stadium and renovate the National Stadium in Tokyo.
It has also been announced that Japan and South Korea are to resume playing annual friendly football matches after an 18-year hiatus.