FIFA Plead Russia, Ukraine Temporary Ceasefire for 1 Month World Cup Duration
Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, has urged Russia and Ukraine to agree to a one-month truce during the World Cup in Qatar.
Infantino stated that the World Cup presented a “unique platform” for peace and unity because almost five billion people would watch the sport on television during a G20 summit in Indonesia.
At lunch with G20 leaders on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, he pleaded with them all to maintain a temporary ceasefire for one month throughout the World Cup.
He suggested certain humanitarian passageways or “anything that could lead to the restart of talks as the first step to peace” as a substitute. You have the power to shape history because you are the leaders of the world.
As global criticism of Qatar’s human rights record, notably with relation to the stadium workers, grows, the World Cup gets underway there on Sunday.
Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, meanwhile urged states to send athletes to international competitions based on their sporting ability, not their political allegiances.
If participation is decided on political considerations, international sports will disintegrate, according to Mr. Bach. “We require the participation of all athletes who adhere to the regulations, particularly if their nations are at odds.”
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, numerous international sports organizations have imposed sanctions on Russia and its athletes.