SYDNEY (Reuters) - Iran have missed the final deadline to submit their formal bid to stage the 2011 Asian Cup, leaving Qatar as the only country left in the running to stage the event, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Monday.
Qatar, India and Iran had all expressed an interest in bidding for the 2011 tournament when the AFC initially asked for expressions of interest.
Qatar submitted their formal bid document last week but India announced they were pulling out of the race while Iran did not submit an application when the deadline expired last Thursday.
Despite being the only country to formally lodge a bid, Qatar’s submission must meet all the requirements stipulated by the AFC before it can be ratified as host. Otherwise the bidding process will be reopened.
The AFC said the decision on 2011 would be announced on July 29, the same day as the 2007 Asian Cup final.
This year’s Asian Cup, which starts on July 7, is being co-hosted by Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.