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13 Jun 2018
Breaking: US, Canada and Mexico to host FIFA 2026 World Cup

A joint bid by Mexico, Canada and the US has been selected to host the FIFA 2026 World Cup, following a vote by the FIFA Congress today.

The trio beat a rival bid from Morocco in the final vote, which will see the World Cup being held in the US for the second time.

The 2026 event will mark the third time that Mexico will act as host nation, following the 1970 and 1986 World Cups.

In final voting, the joint bid secured 134 votes, or 67 per cent, with Morocco securing 65 votes (33 per cent).

The result of the vote is considered no surprise.

Reports prior to the vote suggest that Fifa’s task force, which inspected each bid across a range of infrastructural and commercial elements, gave the North American bid a score of 402.8 out of 500 – compared to 274.9 for Morocco.

The North American bid also promises to generate a profit of £8.1bn for Fifa, roughly twice the income predicted from a Morocco event (£4.48bn).

“Hosting the 2026 Fifa World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport,” US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said.

“We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the Fifa family have put in our bid; strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the Concacaf region; and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come.”

Cordeiro's words were carefully picked to portray that in football, at least, there is an amicable working relationship between the US and Mexico. The joint bid process had been overshadowed by US president Donald Trump's insistence to pursue plans to build a wall between the two countries – an issue which led to a well-publicised campaign in Mexico for the country to pull out of the bidding process in protest.

Decio de María, president of the Mexico Football Federation, promised that the jointly hosted tournament – the first time more than two countries will act as hosts – will "show the way for future events".

“Together – in partnership with our candidate host cities, the Member Associations, and Fifa – we will use this platform to unite the world around football and help create a new and sustainable blueprint for the future of Fifa World Cups," de Maria said.

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18 Apr 2019
GWI’s ATM agenda to focus on medical and wellness tourism
The agenda for the Global Wellness Institute’s (GWI) Wellness Symposium at the 2019 Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has been set and will feature experts in both medical tourism and wellness tourism, who will explore emerging trends and opportunities in both sectors.
18 Apr 2019
Finalists revealed for largest ever ukactive Awards
Ukactive has revealed the finalists for its annual industry awards – with this year's edition declared as the largest ever.
17 Apr 2019
Body image revealed as theme for 2019 Mental Health Awareness Week
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has chosen body image as the theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week.
14 Apr 2019
Healing Hotels' Anne Biging receives ‘Woman of the Decade’ award from Women’s Economic Forum
Anne Biging, co-founder and CEO of Healing Hotels of the World, has been named ‘Woman of the Decade in Business & Leadership’ at the Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) in New Delhi, India.
08 Apr 2019
World Leisure now accepting applications for Innovation Prize
World Leisure Organization (WLO) is now accepting applications for the 8th edition of the World Leisure International Innovation Prize.
05 Apr 2019
Elevate signs up Metro Blind Sport as charity partner to promote inclusivity
The organiser of physical activity trade show Elevate has signed up Metro Blind Sport as its charity partner for this year's event.
03 Apr 2019
EHFF 2019: European fitness market still growing
The European fitness market continues to grow at a steady rate, according to the latest European Health & Fitness Market Report, published in partnership by Deloitte and EuropeActive.
28 Mar 2019
Second annual Women in Wellness Leadership Conference inspires professional growth
Approximately 250 women attended American Spa’s second Women in Wellness Leadership Conference at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on 12 March.
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