(ATR) The main voice of the Organizing Committee for Qatar 2022, Hassan Al Thawadi, tells Around the Rings in Miami that his country is “open” to the FIFA proposal to expand the number of teams to 48 as long as it is “the best for all”. Khalifa International Stadium in Doha is one of eight venues 

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(ATR) Potential World Cup and Club World Cup expansion and video review at the Women’s World Cup highlight a FIFA Council meeting that could produce a profound impact on the sport of football. Gianni Infantino FIFA President (FIFA)FIFA will hold its next council meeting on Mar. 15 in Miami, Florida, where initiatives promoted by President 

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(ATR) Mohammed Al Romaithi says he supports a 48 team World Cup in 2022, as a new FIFA report says accelerating the expansion of the tournament is feasible. Mohammed Al Romaithi (ATR)Al Romaithi is running as an opposition candidate for the Presidency of the Asian Football Confederation. He pledged his support to the expansion in an 

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(ATR) All sporting competitions in Haiti have been postponed due the political situation in the country. Haiti has been experiencing a wave of anti-government protests (Getty Images)This sad reality was confirmed to Around the Rings on Thursday by the Secretary General of the Haitian Olympic Committee, Alain Jean Pierre. Since Feb. 7, Haiti has been experiencing 

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(ATR) Thai authorities denied footballer Hakeem al-Araibi’s bail request, meaning he will stay in detention for up to 60 days, as international groups continue a pressure campaign aimed at his release. Hakeem Al-Araibi being detained in December (Getty Images)Al-Araibi was arrested in November with his wife while travelling to Thailand for a honeymoon. He was 

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(ATR) Aleksander Čeferin promises UEFA will “undertake some major developments” to tackle the “complex challenges” ahead after his re-election as head of European football’s governing body. UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin (Getty Images)Unopposed for the UEFA presidency, he was elected by the acclamation of delegates from Europe’s 55 football associations at the governing body’s 43rd annual 

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(ATR) Work is underway to to secure  North Korea a pre-Games training base in Japan ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Around the Rings Japan has learned. Kim Il-gook, left, and Kenshiro Matsunami, right on 30th Nov in Tokyo (ATR Japan)Former member of Japanese Parliament Kenshiro Matsunami, is the current President of Educational Foundation of Nippon Sport Science 

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(ATR) Global bank Citi signs on as an international partner with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) through 2020. (IPC)Under the partnership agreement announced Thursday, Citi will support National Paralympic Committees in 18 countries as they prepare for upcoming world and regional championships as well as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The 18 National Paralympic Committees 

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(ATR) IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates says Yokohama Stadium “promises to be a very good venue” for the return of baseball and softball to the Olympics. Yokohama mayor Fumiko Hayashi (ATR)The IOC Coordination Commission on Monday toured Yokohama Stadium, which will host the bulk of Olympic baseball and softball during Tokyo 2020. Opening matches 

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