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May 17, 2001

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The News Review:

* Morocco plans World Cup bid
* Morocco Plans World Cup Bid
* Carlton hopes to be a World Cup winner
* London facing Games disappointment
* Kirch signs Canada FIFA deal
* Ministers focus on stadium safety

Morocco plans World Cup bid
BBC News – May 14, 2001
A statement from the Moroccan Royal Palace revealed that King Mohammed had given his backing to the bid at a meeting with sports officials on Monday. It will be the fourth time the North African state has attempted to host the finals after being denied in 1994, 1998 and 2006… South Africa, narrowly and controversially beaten by Germany in the vote for the 2006 event, confirmed in March that it would mount its second bid for the finals. Egypt, Nigeria and Tunisia have also shown interest in hosting the tournament. Driss Benhima, who led Morroco’s efforts to stage the 2006 tournament, has been appointed vice-chairman of the national committee in charge of the bid.

Morocco Plans World Cup Bid
This Day – This Day (subscription) – May 16, 2001
A statement from the Moroccan Royal Palace revealed that King Mohammed had given his backing to the bid at a meeting with sports officials on Monday. It will be the fourth time the North African state has attempted to host the finals after being denied in 1994, 1998 and 2006. Football’s governing body Fifa decided to award those events to America, France and Germany, with Morocco’s failures blamed on poor infrastructure. However, Fifa president Sepp Blatter said last month that Africa will “definitely” host the 2010 World Cup… South Africa, narrowly and controversially beaten by Germany in the vote for the 2006 event, confirmed in March that it would mount its second bid for the finals. Egypt, Nigeria and Tunisia have also shown interest in hosting the tournament. Driss Benhima, who led Morroco’s efforts to stage the 2006 tournament, has been appointed vice-chairman of the national committee in charge of the bid.

Carlton hopes to be a World Cup winner
Telegraph.co.uk – May 12, 2001
Carlton and its partner Granada have blamed a lack of major sporting events since last year’s Olympics for worsening the advertising decline. After driving a hard bargain, the BBC and ITV have paid a combined £160m for the UK rights for both the 2002 and 2006 finals.

London facing Games disappointment
Telegraph.co.uk – May 15, 2001
Should Paris be chosen by the IOC then the British Olympic Association, who want to make a winning bid, will almost certainly put plans for a London Games on hold for some years. The report of the 16-man Evaluation Commission, who visited Beijing, Osaka, Toronto, Istanbul and Paris between February and March this year, will be released in Lausanne at lunchtime today. Unlike a similar study carried out for the 2006 football World Cup – and which controversially listed England third behind Germany and South Africa – the report will not rank the five cities.

Kirch signs Canada FIFA deal
sportbusiness.com – May 12, 2001
Kirch owns the worldwide television rights to both the 2002 World Cup in Japan andSouth Korea, as well as the 2006 event in Germany. No financial details weredisclosed. An agreement had also been reached with Belleville for broadcasting the World Cupin Central and South American countries, including Peru and Paraguay, Kirch said. Meanwhile, speculation persists a deal has been struck in China with reports of a $12m deal for the rights to 2002 World Cup being signed.

Ministers focus on stadium safety
BBC News – May 17, 2001
“Imagine, what if something like what happened in Accra were to
take place at a football match beween two neighbouring ECOWAS
countries?” Kabore said. “We’d be unavoidably headed for a conflict between those countries. ”

Africa is also concerned about hosting the World Cup in 2006. The Ghanaian tragedy was the fourth incident in a black month in which nearly 200 people died in separate incidents in stadiums, in South Africa, Congo-Kinshasa and Ivory Coast. ECOWAS members are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia,
Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger,
Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

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