What to do on the football pitch: The world’s leading sporting bodies have called for the FIFA World Cup to be moved from Brazil to Russia, in a bid to boost the popularity of the tournament and boost the country’s chances of hosting a 2024 Olympics.
“There is a clear need to bring the World Cup back to Brazil and I believe it would be beneficial to bring it to the Russian Federation,” FIFA President Sepp Blatter said in a statement.
“I have expressed my concerns to Russia and the International Olympic Committee about the potential impact of this move on the 2022 World Cup, and I expect them to take up the matter,” he added.
“FIFA has the right to make such a decision on behalf of the athletes and fans of both countries, which is why I have called on FIFA to take this decision.”
The International Olympic committee (IOC) said the move to Russia would be “an extraordinary and difficult decision” and added it would “benefit the football community and the World”.
“We have also raised our concerns with FIFA regarding the possibility of a further change in the dates of the 2022 FIFA World Football Championship and 2018 FIFA World Club Championship in the Russian city of Sochi, which could potentially put the host nation at a disadvantage in its bid to host the 2022 Olympics,” the IOC said in the statement.
“We also remain concerned that there is a risk of disruption to the football calendar for the 2018 World Cup.”
The IPC also said there would be no change to the World Club Championships in 2019 and 2022, and that the 2019 and 2020 tournaments were already “hosted in Russia”.
“The IAC has expressed its disappointment at the FIFA decision and is concerned about the impact this decision will have on the 2019 World Cup in Russia, as it will impact the calendar of the 2019 FIFA World Championship,” the IAC said.
The move would also affect the 2022 games in Qatar, the 2022 Asian Games in Qatar and the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.
The World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet and is the longest running and most prestigious event in world football.
It is a key part of FIFA’s bid to be awarded the 2022 Olympic Games.
It is held every four years in a city of roughly 8 million people in the southern Brazilian state of Parana.
The 2022 World Championship is due to be held in 2022 in St Petersburg, Russia, but the tournament is now in the hands of Russia, which has announced that it will host the tournament.
In a statement, the IOC called the announcement by Russia “a blow to the entire 2018 World Championship”.
“It is an absolute disgrace that the IOC will not even consider this move, given the incredible prestige of the World Cups and the significance of this year’s competition,” the statement said.
“The IOC will also be forced to consider other options, including the cancellation of the 2018 and 2022 World Club Cups in 2018 and 2019 and the relocation of the 2016 and 2020 World Cups to a new venue in Russia.”FIFA had announced in December that the World Football Confederation (WFC) would host the event in 2018, but this had been dropped, after Russian President Vladimir Putin withdrew his country from the organisation.
The 2018 World Football Championships are being held in Qatar in 2018 with Russia hosting the 2019 tournament in Russia.
“The World Football Association has announced the World Championship in 2022 will be moved to Russia,” FIFA said in its statement.
“This is a bold and historic decision and the only solution for the long-term future of the sport of football in Russia,” it added.