• Kyodo


Fukuoka Prefecture is moving toward being the second prefecture to make a bid to host the 2026 Asian Games, an informed source said Thursday.

Fukuoka’s bid will follow that of Aichi Prefecture in central Japan, which confirmed its intent in January.

The Japanese Olympic Committee will begin the process of selecting a single candidate at a board of directors meeting on Tuesday, putting together the different requirements before meeting with the two prefectures to confirm their intent.

The host will be decided at the general meeting of the Olympic Council of Asia in 2018, according to the JOC. Cities in other countries are also showing interest in hosting the event.

Japan has staged the event twice, with Tokyo hosting in 1958 and Hiroshima in 1994.

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