Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Donald Trump travel ban could prevent United States hosting World Cup

Donald Trump travel ban could prevent United States hosting World Cup

Currently, citizens from six nations - all majority-Muslim countries in Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya - are not allowed to enter the United States in Mr Trump's updated restrictions.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino hasn't outright stated the Trump administration's travel ban on Muslim-majority countries would stop the US from winning a 2026 World Cup bid, but the implication of his statements are fairly heavy. The World Cup is an opportunity to circumvent the suffocating rhythms of geopolitics and humanize nations that often exist exclusively as abstractions. The Slovenian told the New York Times recently that US restrictions would "not help" the country bring the tournament back for the first time since 1994.

Trump's ban, which suspended the refugee program and entry into the USA for people from six mostly-Muslim countries, has put a future bid's credibility into question.

"The requirements will be clear", Infantino said of FIFA's regulations for future hosts, which are likely to be completed later this year.

The United States is the favourite to stage the expanded 48-team tournament in 2026, either on its own or as part of a joint-bid with neighbours Mexico and Canada.

"Teams who qualify for a World Cup need to have access to the country, otherwise there is no World Cup".

Perhaps the most fascinating part about Infantino's quotes was his discussion of bid requirements. "And then each country can make up their decision, whether they want to bid or not based on the requirements", he said. India, where the Tibetan players live, is not among the seven countries listed in Trump's original ban, or the six included in the new one. "The requirements will be clear". The U.S. hasn't hosted a World Cup since 1994.

The Guardian also pointed out that Trump's policies could affect Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, for which their only remaining competition is Paris. The next two World Cups will take place in Russian Federation in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

Bidding for the 2026 games hasn't begun yet, but the U.S. has been seen as a potentially strong contender for hosting the games, and was considering a three-way bid with Canada and Mexico.

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