The Maldives has officially submitted a bid to host the 2021 SAFF Championship, which was previously slated for 2020.
The tournament was originally intended to take place in Bangladesh, but it was postponed twice owing to an increase in COVID-19 infections in the region.
Following that, the SAFF governing body opened proposals for new tournament hosts on July 23. The Maldives, India, and Nepal had all indicated interest in hosting the tournament.
The bid deadline has been set for the end of July. The Maldives had planned to co-host the tournament alongside Sri Lanka, but the bid submitted did not include any co-hosts.
In a tweet on Sunday, the president of the Maldives Football Association, Bassam Adeel Jaleel, announced the submission of the proposal. He also expressed gratitude to the president and the sports minister for their ongoing support in hosting international competitions.
In early July, the Maldives also won the bid to host AFC Cup matches in the South Asia zone for the third time in two years.