“I can’t speak about the past. But what I can promise, is that we need to look very seriously at the application process for 2026 [World Cup] to assure ourselves that the process is
transparent and beyond reproach."
-- FIFA president Gianni Infantino
, in response to U.S. President Barack Obama
that the IOC's host selections were "similar to FIFA’s decisions: a little
bit cooked." Infantino vowed that the 2026 World Cup bidding process will be free of the controversy that surrounded the 2010 selection of Russia and Qatar as the 2018 and 2022 hosts.