FIFA praises Japan’s 2022 World Cup bid
“We must say that it is a very balanced product,” Mayne-Nicholls said at a press conference on Thursday. “It mixes football traditions with modern stadiums, new technology and environmental projects integrated with the world.”
“We got them to see an environment in which you could play fantastic football,” said Motoaki Inukai, president of the Japan Football Association.
Japan’s government has endorsed the nation’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup, vowing to cooperate in bringing the showcase tournament to the country.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan hosted the FIFA inspection team at a dinner on Wednesday.
“The Japanese government has given its official backing and approval for the 2022 bid,” Kan said. “We are supporting the bid with the full resources of the nation. Should we win the bid, the Japanese government will take all measures that FIFA deems necessary for the successful hosting of the event.”
The host will be chosen on Dec. 2.