IOC At War With FIFA Over Sports Calendar

The IOC and FIFA, the world’s richest and most powerful sports monoliths, are now in open warfare over the international calendar.

The world football federation kicked off the rapidly escalating confrontation by setting up a ‘feasibility study’ into staging its World Cup every two years. On the face of it, that would invade the scheduling territory of the International Olympic Committee’s summer Games.

None of the statements from FIFA president Gianni Infantino and his loyal aide, development director Arsene Wenger, have sought to address how the looming dates clash may force broadcasters and sponsors to choose between World Cups or Olympics.

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