The IOC Adds To The Barrage Of Criticism Leveled Against Fifa Over The Impact Of Their Biennial World Cup Plan

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The International Olympic Committee has requested a meeting to address Fifa’s proposal to hold the World Cup every two years rather than every four, implying that the sport’s governing body is prioritizing money over sport.

Fifa’s ideas will be voted on by its 211 member associations in December, with president Gianni Infantino – who is also a member of the IOC – traveling the world to build support for the concept, which has been championed by former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger.

A number of continental and national federations, as well as players’ organisations and supporters, have slammed the concept. Uefa expressed worries over the impact of such a change, citing the “dilution” of the World Cup’s worth, the possibility of players being overworked, and the influence on women’s football.

In a statement, the IOC’s executive board echoed those issues, saying: “A number of international federations of other sports, national football federations, clubs, players, player associations and coaches have expressed strong reservations and concerns regarding the plans to generate more revenue for Fifa.”

source : Guardian sport

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