Mohamed Bin Hammam, president
of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), showed confidence in Qatar's bid for
the 2011 Asian Cup at a press conference here on Friday.
India and Iran had expressed their will to host the 2011 edition of the
biggest soccer tournament within the continent, but dropped before the deadline
requested by the AFC and made Qatar the only candidate for the bid.
Hammam stressed that the selection process could be thrown open again if the
Executive Committee is not satisfied with Qatar's bidding.
"If the Executive Committee is not happy with Qatar's bid on July 29 then we
will throw it open again, but so far we are happy.
"If the Executive Committee is not happy with the presentation then Qatar
should be hosts, or if the Executive Committee has doubts or are not happy with
Qatar's bid, then we will have no alternative but to open up to other countries
"I do believe that Qatar will pass on July 29."