Britain, Spain PMs jog for World Cup bids
The leaders of Britain and Spain, who are locked in the final days of a battle to host the 2018 World Cup, went jogging together at the G20 summit Friday, both sporting patriotic attire.sports Updated: Nov 12, 2010 15:02 IST
The leaders of Britain and Spain, who are locked in the final days of a battle to host the 2018 World Cup, went jogging together at the G20 summit Friday, both sporting patriotic attire.
Prime Ministers David Cameron and Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero took an early morning run in a Seoul park with security guards. Cameron wore a T-shirt emblazoned with England's World Cup bid slogan "England United, The World Invited", while Zapatero wore the football colours of Spain, winners of this year's World Cup.
Sources said Friday that Cameron would personally lobby for England to be awarded the World Cup, travelling to Zurich in Switzerland ahead of the December 2 FIFA vote.
Media reports suggested Prince William would join him. On Thursday, Cameron joked that he was currently "spending much more time on the World Cup than on the G20". England, Russia and joint bids by Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium are in the running to host the 2018 championship.
The vote, which will also determine the host of the 2022 tournament, has been clouded by allegations in the British press of corruption in the bidding process.
First Published: Nov 12, 2010 14:58 IST