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The FIFA Executive Committee will confirm the granting of the marketing rights for the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2006 at its meeting in Marseilles on 3 December.
Having agreed in principle to renew the contract with FIFA’s current marketing partner, ISL, the Executive decided to allow its 24 members until 15 October to put specific questions to a paper submitted to the Executive by the FIFA Finance Committee recommending renewal.
The same principle is to be followed with regard to the recommended renewal of FIFA’s agreement with adidas as official equipment supplier, whereby the urgency of these decisions was stressed in order to ensure the continuity of FIFA’s financial health.
The meeting under the chairmanship of the FIFA President, Dr. Joao Havelange, was held in Cairo, where the FIFA Under-17 World Championship begins on Thursday 4 September. The meeting lasted 3 hours 20 minutes.
The Committee was welcomed by the Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sport, **Abdel Monem Emara**, who expressed his admiration of the work FIFA has done for football and humanity.
In other business :
* The Committee declared the unlicensed **players’ agent**, Michel Basilevitch persona non grata and recognised the need further to sharpen regulations governing the activities of agents (licensed and unlicensed). * It was confirmed that the draw for the European play-offs in the qualifying tournament for the **1998 FIFA World Cup** would be held in Zurich on Monday October 13, 1997, with the eight teams being draw into four pairs without any form of seeding. * A delegation from Nigeria informed the Committee of its plans for the organisation of the **FIFA World Youth Championship** in March/April 1999, following the **FIFA Under-17 World Championship** in New Zealand in February/March that year. * It was confirmed that the **2001** FIFA World Youth Championship would be held in Argentina, while Trinidad and Tobago was appointed to host the Under-17 World Championship that year and Finland announced its candidature for the U-17 in 2003. * The final project for a first **Club World Championship**, to be played in 1999, is to be discussed in further detail before the next Executive Committee meeting in December. * FIFA will conduct a special legal study of the status of **Hong Kong** in order to determine whether the Hong Kong Football Association may retain its status as an independent association. * Efforts will continue by FIFA and UEFA to clarify the situation in **Bosnia-Herzegovina**, with the aim of establishing a single national championship for the entire territory. * Among seven applications for **FIFA membership**, those for Bhutan and Palestine will be subject to a FIFA inspection visit later this year, while the December meeting of the Executive will receive an updated report on Gibraltar. * A special FIFA commission was appointed to study the proposed new **Statutes of UEFA** for the attention of the extraordinary UEFA Congress in Helsinki in September, as the Confederations’ statutes must be approved by FIFA. * The Committee agreed that **cannabis** should be included among banned substances. * New FIFA regulations governing the **international televised coverage** of football matches were approved and enter into force on 1 November 1997. These are based upon Article 49 of the FIFA Statutes with the principal aim of protecting the national associations’ rights by giving the associations wide-ranging powers to oppose international transmissions.