Guam – Guam will once again have a voice in the Asian Football Confederation Executive Committee after Guam Football Association President Richard Lai was re-elected to his second term Thursday in the 24th AFC Congress held in Doha, Qatar.
“I believe I did really well as one of the Ex-Co (members) the last four years, that’s why I got full support from all members,” Lai said via e-mail.
Lai was first elected to Ex-Co in 2007 and went unopposed this year, once again using the platform of being the voice for the developing countries.
“(We need) to always look after countries who need more development support from AFC. I will help ensure AFC spends more money on small countries to help them grow,” Lai said.
Lai has been GFA president since first elected in 2000. Since then, the organizations facilities have seen tremendous growth, with the impending completion of artificial turf installation on the main field being the latest of many developments.
For his efforts, the GFA Ex-Co renamed GFA’s Harmon facility to the Richard King Lai Football Complex in 2008. After the turf installation is completed next month, the facility will officially unveil the new name to the public, with representatives from FIFA (soccer’s world-governing body) expected to attend.
The Ex-Co is the highest decision-making body in AFC, one of the six FIFA confederations. Lai is also a member of the Finance and Futsal Committees in AFC as well as a member of the FIFA Futsal and Beach Committee.
The AFC is also made of four regional federations – East, Southeast, West and South/Central. Guam is a part of the East Asian Football Federation and Lai also resides on the EAFF Ex-Co as well as the Finance Committee.
Complete results from the 24th AFC Congress can be found on www.the-afc.com.
Information from a press release.