Football Association of Thailand (FAT) president Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang is worried that some of the stadiums may not be ready in time for the AFC U23 Championship finals in Thailand early next year.
An inspection team of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is scheduled to visit Thailand again in October to decide on the readiness of all four tournament venues — Chiang Mai’s 700th Anniversary Stadium, Thammasat University Stadium in Rangsit, Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok and Tinsulanonda Stadium in Songkhla.
In case no suitable venues are available at that time, Thailand can be stripped of the right to host the tournament.
Somyot said: “The AFC has not yet signed a deal with Thailand to host the tournament. Its inspection team will have the final say, therefore all responsible parties must speed up the work. It will be a big loss if we are denied the right to host the tournament.
“This would mean that that our U23 team cannot take part in the finals anymore and we cannot qualify for the 2020 Olympics.”