New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has joined the USA’s bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting rights.
The USA bid committed announced the coup yesterday and indicated that Mayor Bloomberg will play a vital role as a member of the Board of Directors as the USA prepares its bid to bring the world’s biggest sporting event to North America.
“Mayor Bloomberg’s accomplishments as a businessman, philanthropist and administrator are well respected in this country and worldwide, ” said Sunil Gulati, the Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer. “His vast experience will play an instrumental role at many levels of our bid, including the continued development of the legacy and sustainability components of our bid.”
The USA faces competition from Australia, England, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Holland/Belgium, Portugal/Spain, Qatar and South Korea to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups.