So much was riding on the England 2018 team in Zurich when they gave their presentation in the first week of December last year. But the keen support of Prince William and the former England Captain, David Beckham wasn’t enough to sway the vote sufficiently for England to win the rights to host the FIFA 2018 World Cup. In fact they hardly got a look in.
Much was made of their technical presentation. And much more was made of the style and execution of the presenters themselves. But it was not to be.
Now Lord Triesman, the former FA Chairman, has made some revelations about the whole FIFA 2018 bidding process. Giving evidence before the Culture, Media and Sport select committee in the House of Commons Lord Triesman suggested that England’s hopes for their presentation were ill-placed.
Winning the rights to host the 2018 FIFA Cup wasn’t a matter of the right presentation, the best PowerPoint slides or, indeed, the best presenters. There was clearly a lot more to it than that. Airing these matters with Parliamentary privilege is one thing. But a FIFA investigation into Lord Triesman’s claim is another. Allegations to one side, there’s still the whiff of a “whinge” here.
The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+
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