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FIFA World Cup 2018 Heads to Russia

FIFA World Cup 2018 Heads to Russia

The FIFA World Cup 2018 announcement may be overlooked today. Although the FIFA World Cup 2018 will be held in a new setting, the 2022 decision stands to get the most scrutiny. Since America lost that contest, and was defeated by the small Middle Eastern power Qatar, most of the buzz is around those results. In fact, the announcement made beforehand may seem like an undercard by comparison. But for Russia, hosting the FIFA World Cup 2018 is far bigger news, and will complete a big doubleheader. England had most of the attention around it in this race, while Spain and Portugal, as well as the Netherlands and Belgium, joined together. However, the English were plagued by charges of corruption and collusion, and were reportedly knocked out in the first round of voting.

Instead, the FIFA World Cup 2018 is heading to Russia, for the first time ever. They had the inside track towards victory, and secured an easy win in the second round over the unified European powers. This guarantees that Russia will have a busy decade ahead in international sports.

In 2014, the Russians will warm up for the Cup by hosting the Winter Olympics. Now they will host two major international competitions in the span of four years. But they will not be the only nation to pull double duty on this front.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 announcement was the first one of its kind since Brazil got awarded the 2014 tournament. Whereas Russia will have four years in between the Olympics and the Cup, Brazil will have two years in between the 2014 Cup, and the 2016 Summer Olympics. According to reports, Brazil is still struggling to get ready for both events.

Therefore, the task ahead for Russia is a bit daunting, although they are already well underway with Olympics preparations. Finance minister Alexei Kudrin and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin expressed confidence that they are ready, with Kudrin saying they can spend less than they have on the Olympics.

If the Russians can pull the FIFA World Cup 2018 off, it won’t be that much of a surprise. They have hosted the Olympics before, and will do it again in just over three years. Much of the discussion today will likely center on 2022, as Qatar tries to handle being the smallest host in the event’s history.

In the meantime, Putin is heading over to Zurich, after he wasn’t able to make it for the announcement. Which World Cup bids have won hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup? Did the.9/11 Feelings Ten Years AfterMusic Minute: C Major Scale ReviewMusic Moment with Dawnyell: D Ma.

FIFA World Cup 2014 Doubts Spread for Brazil

FIFA World Cup 2014 Doubts Spread for Brazil

The FIFA World Cup 2014 is just under three years away. Today’s announcement revealed what will follow the FIFA World Cup 2014, as Russia and Qatar will follow in Brazil’s footsteps. Both Russia and Qatar are celebrating, as they are about to get massive exposure and attention. However, that can also be a curse if they struggle to get everything up and running. Brazil can attest to that, as today’s announcement has helped highlight their continuing problems. According to Times LIVE, the Brazilians are having a hard time completing work on their 12 venues. They not only have to get them ready for 2014, but also for the 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup. Therefore, the deadline has to be December 2012.

If these worries are true, then the World Cup 2014 could start to look iffy. Choosing Brazil as the host was a risk to begin with, even though their team is the most decorated in soccer history. Not only is the nation consumed with preparing for the soccer tournaments, they also must get ready for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Russia became the second nation to host the World Cup and the Olympics in the same decade, as they now hold the 2014 Winter Games and the 2018 Cup. Yet they will have more time in between events than Brazil does, as they must pull off the Confederation Cup, the World Cup and Summer Games within four years.

The centerpiece of Brazil’s struggle is the Maracana Stadium, which is undergoing a $400 million renovation. If they can get that finished in time, and up to code, then the rest may fall into place. But even if the venues are eventually finished, it may not fix their other overriding concerns.

With the strain on Brazilian airports, the criminal gangs in Rio de Janeiro, and 2 million Rio residents in shantytowns, the World Cup could still go wrong in many ways. After Russia and Qatar got to be the next in line today, the concerns of Brazil are under a more glaring spotlight than ever.

Hosting an event like this is never easy, let alone hosting three major competitions in four years. Brazil is clearly under a lot of pressure, with time running shorter and shorter. Since half of the host cities just started in June, FIFA is insisting that they ramp things up. The 2011 Women’s FIFA World Cup will be held in Germany.

Amnesty International calls on Fifa to take stance against

Amnesty International calls on Fifa to take stance against

Amnesty International claims in a 166 page report released on Sunday that workers arriving in Qatar to work on construction projects related to the tournament in nine years’ time are subjected to “non payment of wages, harsh and dangerous working conditions, and shocking standards of accommodation”.

Amnesty International’s secretary general Salil Shetty said: “Our findings indicate an alarming level of exploitation in the construction sector in Qatar.

“Qatar is recruiting migrant workers at a remarkable rate to support its construction boom, with the population increasing at 20 people an hour. Many migrants arrive in Qatar full of hopes, only to have these crushed soon after they arrive. There’s no time to delay the government must act now to end this abuse. Employers in Qatar have displayed an appalling disregard for the basic human rights of migrant workers. Many are taking advantage of a permissive environment and lax enforcement of labour protections to exploit construction workers.

“The world’s spotlight will continue to shine on Qatar in the run up to the 2022 World Cup, offering the government a unique chance to demonstrate on a global stage that they are serious about their commitment to human rights and can act as a role model to the rest of the region.”

In response, Amnesty International received a letter dated October 9, 2013, from Fifa vice president Jerome Valcke, in which he wrote: “The topic of labour rights and working conditions in Qatar was included by our president in the agenda of the recent Fifa Executive Committee meeting held in Zurich on October 3/4.

“In previous official statements and in communication with human rights organisations in the past, Fifa has made very clear that we uphold the respect for human rights and the application of international norms of behaviour as a principle and part of all our activities. Fifa shares and understands Amnesty International’s efforts towards social justice and respect for human rights and dignity, which are very much anchored in the statutes and purpose of our organisation.

“We firmly believe in the positive power that the Fifa World Cup can have in Qatar and in the Middle East as a great opportunity for the region to discover football as a platform for positive social change, including an improvement of labour rights and conditions for migrant workers.

“Despite the current main focus of our work being the 2014 and 2018 World Cups in Brazil and Russia, we will strengthen our exchanges with the Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee and will continue to promote dialogue between them, the Qatari Ministry of Labour, ILO and civil liberty organisations. It is Fifa’s aim that the host countries of our flagship event ensure healthy, safe and dignified working conditions for all nationals and foreigners, including construction workers involved in the preparation of the event.”