Rishi Sunak wants the UK to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the future

PTI, August 1, 2022, 3:24 PM IST

Former British chancellor Rishi Sunak, a finalist in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister, wants England to bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the future after the country’s women’s team made history by winning the European Championship over Germany.

Postal ballot papers for Conservative Party members to choose between Sunak and Secretary of State Liz Truss as the new Conservative Party leader to replace outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be sent by post from Monday.

The prime ministerial candidate described the win at London’s famed Wembley Stadium on Sunday night as “transformative” for women’s sport, and said he wanted Britain to be home to the best sport in the world and, if elected, would accelerate his plans to review women. Football to develop opportunities for the women’s game.

“Britain is a fantastic host of major sporting events, which not only make us very proud, but also create jobs and opportunities,” Sunak said.

“So I will work with the football associations of the local countries [Football Associations] To explore a bid to host a World Cup in the future so those inspired by lionesses have more to look forward to. He said global Britain would be the home of the best sport in the world.

The official bidding process for the 2027 World Cup is about to begin, and there will be subsequent bidding rounds for the 2031 and 2035 World Cups.

Under Sunak’s leadership if elected to 10 Downing Street, a review of women’s football would be launched immediately, to capitalize on the enthusiasm generated by the Euros and the success of the “Lionesses” – as the England team is known.

“This Euro was transformative. In the long history of women’s football in this country, this game-changing group has done more than anything to break down barriers,” said the 42-year-old former British Indian minister.

“I am very proud that my girls have grown up in a country where they can witness great role models at the top of the game. Now we need to ensure that there is a tangible popular legacy for the young people who were inspired by what they saw,” referring to his daughters Anushka and Krishna.

The UK-born former minister considers himself a lifelong supporter of Southampton Football Club, the team from his hometown on the south coast of England.

His campaign team highlighted that as chancellor, Sunak announced a record additional £205 million investment in grassroots stadiums to build the next generation of sports stadiums, which can be used for longer days all year round, so inclement weather never stops playing. .

It also sets aside £320 million for school sports premiums each year.

To make the most of the old opportunities from the Euro, Sunak plans to create tighter guidelines for primary schools on how the premium for physical education and sports should be spent, with an emphasis on high-quality training.

His campaign team said it will also ensure greater oversight and scrutiny to ensure premiums are spent as intended.

Sunak also pledged to direct Britain’s school watchdog, Ofsted, to consider making sports available at every school inspection as part of the Student Development Standards.

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