President of the International Olympics Committee, Thomas Bach has given his response to FIFA's proposal to host the World Cup every two years – this could see the tournament held in the same year as the Summer Olympics.
Bach, albeit, declined to state whether his IOC organization was part of the consultation carried out by FIFA, whose president Gianni Infantino is a member of the IOC.
The IOC supremo is the laters sports administrator to give a cold response to FIFA's proposal after UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin also frowned at the decision on Monday.
Also, other various stakeholders, including, clubs, players, and fan groups have landed fierce criticism on this plan by FIFA.
According to the IOC President, he said he did not want to “put fuel on the fire” of the debate within football, but added: “The consequences or potential consequences are becoming clearer day by day thanks to the discussion within FIFA and in particular through the contributions of continental associations”
“We are closely monitoring these discussions, and find them very interesting,” he said with a smile.
Meanwhile, the controversial idea has found support among the African Football Confederation and several countries in Asia.
And according to FIFA, 166 other national associations have approved the plan and FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, has said that major stakeholders will be consulted for their views on the proposed plan.
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