Four Asian nations have thrown support behind changing the FIFA World Cup into a biannual event.
The South Asian nations believe that playing the World Cup every two years would fast-track the game’s development in the region after the FIFA Governing body proposed the concept.
The FIFA congress decided on launching a study to test the possibility of changing the tournament’s frequency for the Men’s and Women’s tournaments, but opposition is expected to challenge the idea.
Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka have stepped forward to champion the change.
“Four-year gaps between the FIFA World Cup is too great and the window of opportunity too small to preclude whole generations of talent,” the federations said in a joint statement, as quoted by SABC News.
“Less than a quarter of current AFC member associations have been represented in almost a century of FIFA World Cup finals in a situation where these tournaments are the real drivers of development,” the note added.