The FIFA World Cup in the year 2002 will be held jointly in Japan and Korea Republic.
This was decided today by the FIFA Executive Committee at its meeting in Zurich. Introducing the item number 14 on the 30-point agenda, the FIFA President, Dr.Joao Havelange, said he had reflected on opinions proposing such a joint hosting of the world's largest single sports event. He said he had received a letter from the Japanese F.A. expressing willingness to consider co-hosting.
Therefore, he proposed that a specialist group led by Senior Vice-President Guillermo Cañedo (Mexico) and Vice-President Antonio Matarrese (Italy) together with the FIFA General Secretary Joseph S. Blatter (Switzerland) make a detailed study into all aspects of the project and report back to the Executive by its December meeting (in Barcelona) by the latest.
The President's announcement was spontaneously applauded by the 21-manCommittee, who paid tribute to his decision.
The meeting of the Executive scheduled for Saturday June 1, 1996, regarding the award of the 2002 World Cup is therefore cancelled.
Also in the meeting, the General Secretary reported on the offers received by FIFA for the television and marketing rights to the 2002 (and 2006) World Cup. The Committee expressed total satisfaction with the offers received and the transparent manner in which the dossier had been handled. The offers are to be further analysed by the FIFA Finance Committee.
In other business:
- There was a 55-minute discussion on the question of matches played at high altitude, during which the FIFA Sports Medical Committee recommended that teamsbe allowed ten days in which to acclimatise for matches above 3,000 metres. It was therefore decided that for qualifying matches of the FIFA World Cup, teams visiting La Paz (Bolivia, 4,000 metres) should be enabled to arrive at least ten days before the game.
- It was decided to take no further measures against Nigeria, suspended by the African Football Confederation for two editions of the African Cup of Nations.
- The organisation of the 1999 Women's World Cup was awarded to the United States.
- The Committee confirmed that the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzogovin should be granted full FIFA membership, but the Palestine F.A. was to remain a provisional member.
- It was agreed that the FIFA Congress in Zurich on July 3 and 4, 1996, should basked to approve an amendment to the Statutes by which new national associations should first be members of their respective confederation for two years, and subsequently members of FIFA (not vice versa as is the case at present).
- The Committee agreed that Sir Arthur George (Australia), Dr. Henry Fok (Hong Kong) and Leon Londoño (Colombia) should be made Honorary Members of FIFA.
The meeting began at 09.10 and concluded at 13.10.