The national football associations of the six GCC nations, along with Iraq and Yemen, have agreed to hold the much-awaited 23rd Gulf Cup in Kuwait from December 15-29 this year, provided the FIFA lifts an ongoing ban on the country.
In case the ban is not lifted, the eight national associations have decided that Qatar would host the tournament, but in December 2017.
A final decision will be taken by the eight nations on June 7. The Gulf Cup was originally scheduled to be held in December 2015, but it was called off for an indefinite period of time when the FIFA suspended host nation Kuwait from all international football activities earlier that year in October due to government interference.
Sayyid Khalid al Busaidy, the chairman of the Oman Football Association (OFA), attended the extraordinary general meeting of the football associations in Doha, Qatar.
All GCC member countries attended the meeting, including Kuwait, which was present only in the capacity of an observer due to the FIFA ban.
The Gulf Cup organising committee members also agreed to hold the 24th edition in UAE in December 2019, if Qatar happens to host the 2017 edition.
The FIFA Congress would meet in Mexico next month to discuss the ban on Kuwait.
If the ban is removed, a FIFA team would visit Kuwait to inspect the stadiums to see whether the country is ready to host the tournament at the end of this year.
The Doha meeting also discussed the establishment of the Gulf Football Federation, which would be headquartered in Doha.
The OFA delegation at the meeting also included Sheikh Nayef al Marhoon, its first vice-chairman, Saleh al Farsi, the second vice-chairman, Sultan al Zadjali, the CEO and general secretary, and Saeed Bakweer, the director of the OFA chief's office.
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