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After years of the world’s biggest sporting event being cancelled because of the Zika virus, the World Football Confederation’s (WFC) annual congress has voted to postpone the 2022 World Cup until March 1st in protest at the failure of the countrys leaders to declare a state of emergency and protect the population from the virus.
The ruling body of the WFC, which runs the tournament and is responsible for hosting the tournament, voted in favour of postponing the tournament for a year, in the face of mounting public pressure for the WFP to act.
However, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who was the driving force behind the decision, did not rule out a change in the dates of the tournament to accommodate the outbreak.
He said the World Cups is a global sport and it is not just in the United States, where Zika is spreading, that the problem has been exacerbated.
“We are not saying that the World Championship can be played in February, March or even April,” Infantinos spokesman told the Associated Press news agency.
“But if it were to be postponed then it would be a big setback for the World Games.”
But Infantin said it was the duty of the host nation to declare the outbreak a public health emergency.
“In the past, we have always been very clear that the FIFA World Cup is a World event and there are a number of rules that we have adopted to protect the World players and fans,” Infantsino said.
“The World Cup can’t be postponed, because if it is, it would jeopardise the World Championships that are already being held.”
And if FIFA were to go ahead with this decision, it is a serious issue for the entire football community.
“In an unprecedented move, Infantini also said he would take up his role as the World Federation President with the full support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which has suspended its involvement in the tournament due to the outbreak in Brazil.
The IOC said in a statement that it was concerned about the outbreak, and that its top priority is to keep everyone safe from the outbreak as best it can.”
While we understand the importance of the World Club Championship to the IOC and the other federations, we also have the utmost concern about the health and safety of the athletes and fans attending these Games,” the IOC said.