The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Medical Committee confirmed yesterday in Sri Lanka, that the Qatar Football Association (QFA) and the United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAE FA) have expressed interest to host the 7th AFC Medical Conference in 2022.
The Committee will evaluate both biddings from the QFA and UAE FA before deciding on which Member Association (MA) will host the Conference.
Deputy Chairperson of the AFC Medical Committee Dato’ Dr. Gurcharan Singh who led the discussions in the Committee’s second meeting said, “The 6th AFC Medical Conference in Chengdu, China was a huge success and we must build on that momentum. The QFA and UAE FA are both fantastic candidates and we must thank them for their interest.”
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, which has presented unprecedented challenges to the AFC, and its MAs, the Committee advised MAs to follow the direction of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Committee will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide whatever guidance is required.
The Committee also agreed on the formation of the new Gender Eligibility Sub-Committee led by Dato’ Dr. Gurcharan alongside six other expert members in the field. The objective will be to streamline the eligibility regulations for players.
The Committee concluded that there is no definitive scientific evidence to deter children under the age of 12 from heading the ball and agreed to come up with guidelines to enhance heading patterns and prevent head injuries – concussion for MAs.