Is The Kingdom supporting Parkland students?
Morocco released its final 2026 World Cup bid book earlier this week and it appears the Kingdom Of Morocco has decided to go after the United States-Canada-Mexico bid by being critical of the United States. Morocco’s bid committee has told FIFA, the governing body of soccer and the World Cup organizer, that the western African country would be a better host for the 2026 competition than the three North American countries because of gun safety. Morocco World Cup backers bolstered the claim by saying the country has a very low gun circulation and is one of the world’s safest countries.
It is somewhat usual for any country to criticize another country going after an athletic event in that matter. World Cup delegates who will award 2026 event know about the mass casualty shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14 and the subsequent international protests condemning the National Rifle Association and US gun control laws on March 24. The world has been watching. Bid committees are allegedly separate from government when going after an international sports event. A bid committee seeks out government help and wants leaders on board with the plans and a hope to get a government financial commitment to build facilities and provide security. That brings up the question of whether or not King Mohammad had to give his approval to the line about gun safety along with the Moroccan prime minister and other Moroccan government officials. This is a gloves off approach that seems unusual. But Morocco has brought up the gun safety issue. It is easy to figure out the unnamed North America nation has the Kingdom singled out. The United States. At one point, it seemed the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup was a slam dunk, the US-Canada and Mexico backers were getting the event. Because of geo-political concerns that may not be the case.
Morocco is making an issue of US gun laws in its bid for the 2026 World Cup.