The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today welcomed the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup trophy to the R.G Casey Building with representatives from the diplomatic corps.
In addition to Australia, representatives from the 15 other qualifying teams in the AFC Asian Cup including Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Iran, Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, China and Palestine participated in the event.
The AFC Asian Cup is the biggest, single football championship ever played in Australia. The trophy tour, travelling around Australia during December, is an excellent way to promote and galvanise support for the tournament.
Major sporting events play a critical role in Australia's promotion of its sporting assets, industry expertise and sporting events, both in Australia and internationally, as well as generating long-term economic, diplomatic, tourism and community benefits for the country.
The AFC Asian Cup will kick-off on 9 January 2015 with 32 matches played in five cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle, across 23 days. It will be the first time that Australia hosts the tournament, and it will also be the first time the AFC Asian Cup will be hosted outside the continent of Asia.
For further information on the AFC Asian Cup: www.afcasiancup.com
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