Brave Cui’s passion for refereeing undiminished by serious health scare
Beijing: Cui Yongmei has proved there is nothing in this world which can deprive her of the love for refereeing. Not even a life-threatening event.
One of the best regarded female referees China PR has ever seen, Cui was announced to join the match officials’ team for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France. Just as she was working against the clock to prepare herself for her second women's football extravaganza - she worked as an assistant referee at Canada 2015 – Cui was urgently taken to hospital at the start of last year after an unexpected heart attack.
FIFA President praises Qatar’s World Cup preparations during his first visit to Al Bayt Stadium
Doha: FIFA President Gianni Infantino described preparations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 as ‘impressive’ during a whistle-stop tour of the country this week.
Infantino met with tournament organisers and took part in a seven-a-side match at Al Bayt Stadium, a 60,000-capacity venue designed to resemble a traditional Arab tent. The striking arena will be inaugurated in the coming months and has been confirmed as the venue for the opening game of the tournament.
Doha: After three weeks of intense action in Qatar, the West Asia section of the 2020 AFC Champions League concluded with Persepolis FC overcoming Al Nassr on penalties in the semi-final to advance to the showpiece event for the second time in three years.
The Iranian giants will not learn their opponents for December's finale until the sides in East Asia complete their half of the draw later in the year as the Continent's premier club competition gets set to take centre stage once more from mid-November onwards.
Before which, the-AFC.com looks back at the facts and figures that caught the eye in the West, from the opening Matchdays in February to the end of the knockout rounds in Qatar.