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- FIFA proposes to organize a World Cup every two
- FIFA told about this plan last month
- IOC expressed concern over organizing the World Cup in two years
Geneva: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said it has “concerns” over football’s global body FIFA’s plan to hold the World Cup every two years.
IOC President Thomas Bach said last month that he would not interfere in the discussion, but after a meeting in Athens on Saturday, it was informed of the objections that have been shared with football’s stakeholders.
‘Not everyone was consulted’
The concerns cited in the statement by the IOC after the executive board meeting include conflicts with the schedule of other sports, the men’s World Cup dominating the women’s tournament and the deep impact on players. The IOC in its statement did not mention a possible clash between the World Cup and the Olympics in the future as it would not happen before the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. The IOC, however, criticized the plan to hold the World Cup every two years, saying that detailed consultations with all stakeholders were not done before drawing up the plan.
FIFA revealed the plan last month
FIFA last month revealed detailed plans to revamp the calendar of international football competitions, centered on holding the men’s and women’s World Cups every two years, after a meeting with retired players last month. The proposal, backed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, was announced without formal consultation with the member federations of Europe and South Africa, which dominate the sport.
UEFA and CONMEBOL warn FIFA
European governing body UEFA and South America’s governing body CONMEBOL have warned that they will boycott the World Cup if FIFA goes ahead with its plan as it will reduce the importance of their continental competition, which is held every four years in the Olympic year. goes. The IOC has said that holding more World Cups will affect many other sports including tennis, cycling, golf, gymnastics, swimming, athletics, Formula One.