According to reports on the official website of the Chinese Football Association, on October 22, the inaugural meeting of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup China Organizing Committee was held in Beijing. Chen Jining, Chairman of the Organizing Committee and Mayor of Beijing, attended the meeting and delivered a speech. The meeting was chaired by Du Zhaocai, Executive Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Deputy Director of the State Sports General Administration, and Secretary of the Party Committee of the Chinese Football Association.
Chen Jining said that hosting the 2023 Asian Cup is a major decision made by the central government with a foresight and focusing on the overall development of the country. As one of the ten host cities, Beijing will further enhance Beijing's international influence and accelerate the construction of an international exchange center by participating in the preparations for the Asian Cup. The Beijing competition area will adhere to the first-level standards, plan high-level planning to promote the preparations, build the competition venues with high standards, carefully organize the competition, comprehensively promote the service preparation of the competition, carefully plan the opening and closing ceremonies, and accelerate the improvement of the capital's football development level. It is necessary to fully learn from the experience of preparing for the Winter Olympics to ensure that all preparations are advanced in a solid and orderly manner.
In his speech, Du Zhaocai said that hosting the 2023 Asian Cup is a concrete practice to implement the important instructions of General Secretary Jinping and accelerate the development and revitalization of my country's football industry. It is an important window to show the world the great achievements of my country's reform and opening up and building a well-off society in an all-round way. It is a major historical opportunity to highlight the image of the city and promote the overall economic and social development of the city. In the preparatory work, it is necessary to strengthen organization and leadership and improve the working mechanism; it is necessary to coordinate the epidemic prevention and control and preparation work to ensure that all preparation tasks are completed on schedule with high quality; it is necessary to persist in opening the game and make the Asian Cup a Chinese-style, It is a world-class sports event; it is necessary to insist on sharing the competition and make the Asian Cup a holiday for the people of the whole country; it is necessary to prepare the national team for competition and build a national team that can compete well and have a good style.
AFC Chairman Salman expressed congratulations on the establishment of the Chinese Organizing Committee through a video, and looks forward to China’s hosting of the most exciting Asian Cup in history: "Ten cities will build professional football stadiums to create a first-class football watching experience. China’s ability to organize and host top international events will attract worldwide attention. We firmly believe that China will present an unprecedentedly successful Asian Cup to the world in 2023."
The 2023 Asian Cup is the highest level and most influential football tournament in Asia hosted by the AFC. The matches will be held in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Dalian, Qingdao, Xiamen, and Xiamen from June to July 2023. It will be held in 10 cities including Suzhou, and teams from 24 countries and regions will participate. The establishment of the Asian Cup China Organizing Committee marks a new stage in the preparation of the Asian Cup.