President Bill Clinton to Travel to Zurich for Final Presentation of U.S. Bid for 2022 FIFA World Cup
U.S. Presentation to FIFA Executive Committee Scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 1; FIFA Decision to be Announced on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. ET
NEW YORK (Nov. 8, 2010) – President Bill Clinton, honorary chairman of the USA Bid Committee, will speak on behalf of the United States’ bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ when the U.S. delegation makes its final presentation to the FIFA Executive Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Zurich, Switzerland.
“I’m pleased to stand on behalf of our nation for something as important and meaningful to the American people and citizens throughout the world as the FIFA World Cup™,” President Clinton said. “I am committed to this effort because I have seen firsthand the powerful unifying force of the FIFA World Cup™, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs. The USA Bid Committee shares that commitment, and we look forward to expressing that commitment to the FIFA Executive Committee when we meet next month.”
President Clinton has been very active in his role as honorary chairman, representing the U.S. earlier this year at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa and working closely with the USA Bid Committee’s Board of Directors on a variety of initiatives to promote the bid here in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Shortly after being named honorary chairman in May, President Clinton joined U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to welcome the U.S. Men’s National Team to the White House and hosted a summit of USA Bid Committee Board of Directors at his Clinton Foundation office in the Harlem area of New York City. While at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, President Clinton met with various FIFA officials and members of the global soccer community, and in Johannesburg he led a contingent of USA Bid Committee officials to meet with the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
“President Clinton has been, and continues to be, the perfect ambassador for the United States and our national bid to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the U.S. in 2022,” said Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer and chairman of the USA Bid Committee. “President Clinton’s leadership on behalf of our campaign has been extraordinary, and his passion for the game and our opportunity to host the World Cup is every bit as remarkable. We are honored that he will be with us in Zurich on Dec. 1.”
Since leaving office, President Clinton has dedicated himself to philanthropy and continued public service through the William J. Clinton Foundation, which is focused on finding practical and measurable solutions to address pressing challenges at home and abroad. In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has helped lead recovery efforts for several global natural disasters including the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
The U.S. will make its presentation to the FIFA Executive Committee for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local time in Zurich). The FIFA Executive Committee will vote the following day, Thursday, Dec. 2, with the announcement of the 2018 and 2022 hosts broadcast live 10 a.m. ET (4 p.m. local time in Zurich) on fifa.com.
ABOUT THE USA BID COMMITTEE INC.:
The USA Bid Committee is a non-profit organization created to prepare a successful application to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2022 on behalf of the United States Soccer Federation. President Bill Clinton is the honorary chairman of the USA Bid Committee, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati is chairman and Carlos Cordeiro the vice-chairman. The USA Bid Committee’s high profile Board of Directors include: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, counselor and aide to President Clinton - Doug Band, comedian Drew Carey, former boxer Oscar De La Hoya, American soccer stars Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm, actors Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, director Spike Lee and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The U.S. Bid is supported by official sponsors American Airlines, AT&T, Cerner and Fox Soccer Channel. The U.S. Bid includes 18 candidate host cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix-Glendale, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C. The U.S. Bid also features 21 existing stadiums which have been built or renovated in the last 20 years and all of which are in compliance with FIFA requirements. With an average capacity of more than 76,000 spectators, the stadiums in the U.S. Bid offer the availability of a World Cup-record five million tickets. For more information on the U.S. Bid, visit goUSAbid.com.