Rabat – The government “fully supports” Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, minister of Youth and Sports, Rachid Talbi Alami, said Tuesday in Casablanca.
“The Moroccan bid is an opportunity to galvanize efforts with a view to providing new momentum to the national economy,” he pointed out at a press conference held by Morocco’s Bid Committee, in the presence of members of the government.
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“Morocco’s bid fulfils all the conditions required to successfully host such a global event,” he said. “Morocco has made, since its last bid to host the 2010 World Cup, great efforts and significant investments to develop its infrastructures, in particular in the sports sector,” he added.
According to financial projections, Morocco can mobilize funds to host the World Cup without affecting budget balance, the minister pointed out.
Morocco is ready to welcome and grant visas to all supporters wishing to attend the World Cup and is committed to support companies that seek to set up business in the Kingdom, he said.
During the same conference, Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid committee revealed its official logo. “The logo reflects the country’s national unity and plural identity,” Maghreb Arab Press reported.
“Morocco 2026 will showcase the best of football, at the heart of the world. We promise to stage a tournament overflowing with real passion and to celebrate the values of unity and peace”
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In addition to Morocco, a joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States was also made to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The winning bid is slated to be announced in June 2018, at the FIFA Congress.