Vancouverites react to decision to pull out of 2026 FIFA World Cup

Mar 14 2018, 10:13 pm

What looked to be a promising shot of hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup, has since deteriorated after BC’s Minister of Tourism revealed that the province has pulled out of the North American bid.

Even after the Government of Canada vouched to spend up to $5 million for a successful bid, premier John Horgan explained that nobody was willing to write a “blank cheque.”

With arousing suspicion behind the recent events, and a Vancouver market with a fast-growing soccer fanbase, there’s a world of ruckus and backlash amongst the fans.

Most of the blame, understandably, is falling onto the lap of the BC NDP. Many questions are being raised as to what the issue could be, especially after a successful Women’s World Cup was held in 2015.

There is still an opportunity for other Canadian cities to host matches, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal are still possible candidates.

In June, FIFA will decide between North America (Canada, USA, and Mexico) and Morocco, for the right to host the global spectacle.

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