Khalfan Al Romaithi launches AFC presidency campaign

ABU DHABI, 7th March, 2019 (WAM) — Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the General Authority for Sports (GAS), has revealed the details of his candidacy for the presidency of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), due on April 6 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, under the manifesto slogan of ‘Making Football Fair’.

Addressing a large number of people at Louvre Abu Dhabi today, Al Rumaithi announced his platform, affirming that “Asia deserves better” and placing emphasis on being fair across investment, participation and independence.

Among some of his pledges are to create a $320 million ‘Fair Fund’ for the development of football across Asia, to introduce a financial governance index to ensure all grants are tested, to invest a minimum of $2 million every year in every Member Association, to invest a minimum of $1 million every year in each regional federation (a total of $20 million per term) to support regional development, competitions and administration, to ensure that every Member Association national team plays a minimum of five matches per year and to make football fair for Asia’s youths by establishing annual competitions for all age groups from U14-U23.

Al Rumaithi revealed the establishment of a fund to help the national federations in the poor countries in the continent to establish sports projects in these countries and financial support, stressing that this fund will differ from the programme of the goal implemented by the AFC, pledging that the funds related to this will be managed in a professional and transparent manner if he wins the election.

He pointed to the importance of the issue of integrity and transparency in football, underling his determination to support women’s football, youngsters’ competitions and ensure best possible training programmes for coaches and referees.

“Asia deserves better. Now is the time for change. Now is the time to address the wrongdoings, the inequalities and the failures of the past. Now is the time for a new era. Now is the time to make football fair – for the many and not just the few.”

Al Rumaithi said he is certain three weeks is enough time to convince the member associations of his suitability to the role.

WAM/Hatem Mohamed/Tariq alfaham


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