India decides not to bid for AFC Asian Cup 2011

The All India Football Federation has withdrawn from the race to stage the Asian Football Confederation's 2011 Asian Cup tournament because it would not be able to meet the huge infrastructure requirements. "We are not making a formal bid," AIFF Secretary Albert Colaco told Reuters. "We tried to see if it would be possible," he said. "We need two international standard stadiums in each of the cities where matches will be played. It is very tough."

Qatar on Tuesday submitted its bid to stage the competition ahead of the Thursday deadline and is expected to be joined by three-times champions Iran, which hosted the tournament in 1968 and 1976.