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THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL SPORTING EVENTS AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Officials from the World Health Organization are holding a briefing to discuss the latest developments in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. FIFA President Gianni Infantino will join the briefing to discuss the launch of a new campaign by FIFA and WHO in support of COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, and diagnostics, linked to the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup in Doha, Qatar.
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With multiple vaccines already being distributed and more in their late stage trials, FIFA officials believe the global soccer event will take place as scheduled next winter. ‘The introduction of the vaccine and the roll-out of the vaccine, it’s definitely good news for everybody,’ FIFA World Cup chief executive Nasser Al-Khater told the Associated Press. ‘We’re very hopeful...by 2022, hopefully things will really be back to complete normal.’ Questions have risen about the future of the World Cup and other sporting events as the virus has infected more than 103 million people around the world and killed more than 2.2 million. The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo were already postponed until the summer of 2021 due to the pandemic, though International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has reiterated his commitment to ‘the successful and safe delivery’ of the games to Japan.

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