With just days to go before the two 2026 World Cup contenders have to hand in their bid books to FIFA, Moroccan officials have met with a key group of Asian nations to try and gain crucial support ahead of the vote in June.
"As the only G7 country to have not hosted the men's competition, we are more than ready to welcome the world along with our neighbours in Mexico and the United States", said Steven Reed, head of Canada Soccer and co-chair of the united bid committee. However, now it appears the provincial government is having second thoughts.
It is promising up to $5 million in immediate help should the unified bid win. One of those cities could be Vancouver. He says even though soccer isn't exactly known as Canada's game, Vancouver proved in 2015 that the appetite for world class soccer is there. "We are behind this bid." said Duncan". Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Edmonton, identified as potential Canadian candidate cities, have already endorsed the bid. "I have an obligation to make sure taxpayers aren't on the hook at the whim of Federation Internationale de Football Association, I'm just not prepared to sign off on that".
"I have a higher obligation than just being a soccer fan".
Also on Tuesday, the federal government announced its support for the bid, but Horgan said they didn't say anything about the costs of security or other associated costs. The B.C. Liberal opposition said the province has a history of hosting successful worldwide sporting events and it could be missing out.
"Two million dollars was the investment for the Women's World Cup and we generated $118 million. That's good value for dollar, it's an ability to expose this province globally and I don't understand, how at the last minute, the minister can say we're pulling out", Jas Johal, B.C. Liberal MLA, said.