Kazakhstan are examining a bid to host the 2026 World Cup, the country`s football chief Yerlan Kozhagapanov was quoted as saying in Russia`s Sport Express daily Tuesday.
"We`re currently consulting with the government and analysing our possibilities," Kozhagapanov, who is also the deputy mayor of Kazakhstan`s capital Astana, said.
"Our country is rapidly developing, our economy is on the rise. Why not?
"We want to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. After that we`re planning to join the race for the right to host the 2026 World Cup."
The Kazakhstan football chief added that the country`s president Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is also honorary president of the football federation, was in favour of a potential bid.
"It`s a matter of great importance for us," Kozhagapanov said.
"And we`re set to do our best to make football the most successful sport in our country."