Monday, August 23, 2010

The world's two pre-eminent sports events...

...could be in England before the end of this decade.

The Summer Olympics are heading to London next summer. Now, the British government is making a strong push to bring the 2018 World Cup to England.

The bid is a strong one, but it could be undone by one dreaded phrase -- the connection of politics and sports.

No, Britain would not be alone in hosting both events in the same decade. Consider that Germany hosted both the Summer Olympics (1972) and the World Cup (1974) in the same decade. The United States did it in the 1990s (World Cup, 1994; Summer Olympics, 1996) and Rio de Janiero also will do it this decade (World Cup, 2014; Summer Olympics, 2016). France is the only nation to pull the Winter Olympics (1992) and World Cup (1998) in the same decade trick.

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