(WFI) The Organizing Committee for the FIFA World Cup will triple its duties to take on Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 in addition to Brazil 2014.
Tuesday’s meeting in Zurich. (FIFA)
“Considering that we have three FIFA World Cups in simultaneous preparation, it was necessary to extend this FIFA decision forum to cover not only the 2014 event but also the next two events,” secretary general Jérôme Valcke said
His comments came at FIFA headquarters in Zurich following a meeting of the committee, which includes the entire Executive Committee.
After opening the meeting, FIFA president Sepp Blatter “underlined his confidence in the strength of the unity forged in recent months by FIFA, the LOC and the Brazilian authorities to stage two great football festivals in June 2013 and June/July 2014,” a statement from world football’s governing body said in reference to the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup.
Brazil LOC president José Maria Marin and CEO Ricardo Trade then briefed committee members on preparations for the two mega-events.
Among the updates: a further 84 qualifying matches will be played across all six confederations next week, and the final draw for the 2014 showpiece is confirmed for Costa do Sauipe in Bahia on December 6, 2013.
Also Tuesday, FIFA Medical Committee Chairman Michel D’Hooghe reported on the preparations for medical services at both the Confederations Cup and World Cup, including plans put in place for major emergencies.
A first decision was also taken on the 2018 World Cup with FIFA’s Organizing Committee approving a proposal from Russian organizers to stage the preliminary draw in Saint Petersburg on July 24 or 25 of 2015.
After the meeting, Blatter and Valcke met with Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo.