Qatar Named 2016 AFC U-23 Championship Host
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Qatar on Friday has been awarded the right to host of the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship.
The 16-nation biennial competition, which has been launched as the AFC U-22 Championship, was renamed as the AFC U-23 Championship and serves as the Olympic qualifier.
The decision, announced during the AFC meeting in Manila, was made by the AFC Competitions Committee chaired by Dr Tran Quoc Tuan, and saw Qatar overcome rival bids from Iran, Uzbekistan, and Saudi Arabia.
Top three teams from the 2016 edition will represent Asia at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Iran football team has not participated in the Olympics since 1976 Montreal.