Russia and Ukraine are set to host the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup, marking the first time both countries will host an international competition.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced the plan for the 2018 edition of the tournament at the end of a meeting on Tuesday.
“We have a great partnership in a long time.
We have a very good relationship and I am sure that I will do everything in my power to keep the partnership going and to make this the most important event for the people of Russia and for the Ukrainians,” Poroshenko said.
Putin and Poroshenko agreed to set up a working group that will prepare a final decision on hosting the 2022 tournament in Russia, which is scheduled to be held in 2018.
The country will host the event after its own bid was rejected in 2015.
Putin said he hoped that Russia would host the tournament for the first-time since 2008.
“Of course we want to host it, because we have always had the ambition of hosting the women’s World Cups.
We want to give a new meaning to it,” he said.”
The World Cup is the best event for developing nations.
I hope we will be able to host this one in 2018,” he added.
Poroshenko also said he was working to find a solution to the issue of a potential boycott of the 2022 World Cup.
“I have a solution: I will ask for the countries that will not participate in the 2022 FIFA World Championship, including Russia, to provide me with all the information they need,” he told reporters.
Poroshenko has repeatedly said he wants to host an event at the 2024 Olympics in Tokyo, but the country has refused to host a sporting event with the 2022 title.
“They (the 2022 World Cups) have become a symbol of the failure of the international system.
They are a symbol that shows that the international institutions do not work,” he was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency.
Russia will host its first Women’s European Championship in 2019, while Ukraine plans to host its second, which would be held next year.