Qatar to host Asian Cup 2011
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Qatar has been officially confirmed as the host country for the AFC Asian Cup 2011.

"The executive committee has decided that the 2011 Asian Cup will be hosted in Qatar," said Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohamed bin Hammam, himself a Qatari, who said they gave an "outstanding presentation".

Qatar was the only country in the running after India and Iran pulled out last month. The tournament will be held in January with the only other FIFA window available, in July and August, considered too hot in the Gulf region.

Qatar, which successfully held the Asian Games in Doha in December last year, played host to the Asian Cup in 1988 when it was won by Saudi Arabia.