Tuesday, 13th October 2009
Japan announces bid for FIFA World Cup
Japan has announced a bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018/2022.
Speaking at a press conference at the JFA House in Tokyo, chairman of the Japan 2018/2022 Bid Committee Motoaki Inukai said that the country wants to "surprise the world" and take the event to a "new dimension".
The name of the concept behind hosting the World Cup in Japan is "Truly Universal" and those behind the bid said that the sporting event could be used to "share the joy of sport" and help to spread peace around the globe using the power of football.
"We would like to share the excitement of the World Cup with everybody. In other words, we will co-host the event with all the other nations of the world," said Kohzo Tashima, the general secretary of the Japan Football Association.
Japan recently lost out to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro in the race to host the 2016 Olympics.
Written by Kimberley Homer
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