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England promotes diversity in 2018 World Cup bid

England promotes diversity in 2018 World Cup bid

England attempted to boost its chances of winning the right to host the 2018 World Cup with the announcement on Wednesday of an 11-member group dedicated to promoting the country's diversity.
The group contains members of various pro-equality groups, including the head of the anti-racism Kick It Out organization and advocates for the rights of disabled and homosexual fans.
England 2018 Ltd. had already announced that former Chelsea defender Paul Elliott would head the so-called Inclusivity Advisory Group.
"England's multicultural society means there will be a 'home' welcome for every competing nation and the work we do now to integrate these communities into the process will be invaluable," bid chairman David Triesman said. "Our bid to FIFA will promote inclusivity and embrace all areas of the global football family.
"England 2018 is committed to exceeding FIFA's expectations of a host nation and to providing a compelling legacy to go with it."
England is seeking to portray its diversity as one of its great strengths in bidding for the World Cup. About one in eight people living in England was born outside of the country and there are reputedly more than 300 languages spoken in London, which would host several matches including the final.
Elliott, whose career was ended early because of an injury in 1992, is a member of a similar panel advising organizers of the 2012 London Olympics. He was racially abused during his career by bigoted white fans.
He is a non-executive board member of the bid team and also works as trustee for England's Professional Footballers' Association, the players' union.
Kick It Out director Piara Powar and Joyce Cook, the chair of the National Association of Disabled Supporters, are among the others on the group.
England is vying with seven other nations for the right to host the 2018 World Cup and nine others for the 2022 tournament. FIFA will award the hosting rights to both tournaments in December next year.


Updated : 2021-05-12 20:41 GMT+08:00