Russia has managed to pip other nations in securing the right to be the proud host of the 2018 World Cup final. The bid submitted by the country helped it get the maximum votes from the 22 executive members who run FIFA. This secret ballot was held in Zurich.
There were three other bidders in Spain-Portugal, England and Holland-Belgium. The selection process was a multiple round voting affair and countries that got the least votes at the end of each round got eliminated. Considering that 15 bids were on offer from countries wishing to play host to this prestigious event in 2018, the fact that Russia could secure a majority amidst such competition is indeed praiseworthy. Russia got 9 and 13 votes in the two rounds of voting that took place. Next was the Spain-Portugal bid that only got 7 votes.
This tournament would be played in 13 cities in Russia and would be within the European region so that travelling is not a problem for any of the countries participating. The one clinching factor in Russia’s favor was its promise to do away with the system of visas.
Coming to the 2022 World Cup, the same ballot selected Qatar to be the host for the 2022 event. This oil-rich country won its bid against competition from South Korea, United States and Japan. Australia though was knocked off after the first round itself and Mexico backed out of its bid.
The fact that these countries have been awarded the rights to host the events has however not settled the controversy that had arisen about the voting process itself, which ultimately made two of the executive members in the committee to submit their resignation. These officials were accused of some wrongdoing in the form of accepting bribes and though a full-fledged investigation will take place, they were made to step down in the interim to facilitate the smooth conduct of the bidding process.
The delay in the investigation due to some bureaucratic process has not helped the controversy to die down and with the United States losing its bid to Qatar; soccer fans are demanding a thorough probe into the accusations. The entire controversy began when Sunday Times did an expose and revealed that two of the officials Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii asked for some money in order to get some projects executed.