Talk of the World Cup 2026 bid campaign

“We balance issues, and in the end, we go with the interests of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

-- Turki Al Alshikh, head of the Saudi Sports Authority, on supporting United 2026 over Morocco in the race for the World Cup 2026 hosting rights. The influential Al Alshikh, who is trying to expand Saudi Arabia's power in Middle East sports politics, said Morocco had sought out Saudi Arabia's support a month ago but “we had given our word to the Americans." (Bloomberg)
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