The Moscow press suggests that Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is packing his football boots and intends to travel to Switzerland for the FIFA executive meeting on 2nd December 2010. The meeting in Zurich is due to finalise the decision on the host for the FIFA 2018 World Cup. It’s a decision that’s likely to involve both Russia and England, among others, at the final stage.
Vladimir Putin’s presentation in Guatemala was instrumental in Russia winning the right to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games at the ski resort of Sochi. His buoyant presentation, made when he was still President, was given in English and certainly tipped the balance towards Russia as hosts.
At a time when FIFA is investigating other ways of influencing the vote,Â it’s refreshing to know that a presentation by the Prime Minister still counts for something.
Will David Cameron follow this example and, of course, the example of Tony Blair’s involvement in the 2012 London Olympics bid. Perhaps the FIFA committee can look forward to another Prime Minister’s presentation?
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