Simply two weeks after being sworn-in, Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim is jetting off to Qatar to benefit from the FIFA World Cup.
Sim is claimed to be paying his personal manner for a visit booked earlier than he was elected on Oct. 15. He’ll miss his first alternative to chair the Vancouver Police Board at its Nov. 24 assembly. Neither Toronto Mayor John Tory nor Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell are touring to Qatar, based on their respective press secretaries.
Vancouver is one among 16 host cities for the 2026 event. Metropolis corridor is already spending as much as $25,000 to ship an worker of the Sport Internet hosting Vancouver workplace and two law enforcement officials to watch the event for six to seven days every.
“We is not going to be disclosing the workers member’s identify right now for privateness and safety causes,” stated Natasha Qereshniku of town corridor communication division.
Sport Internet hosting Vancouver counts two workers: supervisor Michelle Collens and assistant supervisor Taunya Geelhoed.
Sgt. Steve Addison stated the 2 Vancouver Law enforcement officials are from the Emergency Operations and Planning Part and they are going to be away for per week in early December, together with journey days.
“As a 2026 host metropolis, the Vancouver Police Division is chargeable for security and safety at venues and all through town,” Addison stated. “We count on World Cup 2026 will draw guests from all over the world and current distinctive security challenges. It’s vital for us to satisfy with and draw on the experiences of different host cities as we put together.”
The price to taxpayers for internet hosting 5 matches in 2026 is estimated at $260 million.
Toronto metropolis corridor stated it’s sending the undertaking supervisor of its 2026 World Cup secretariat, Dan Surman. Surman’s authorised price range is $6,912.37 for journey, lodging and meals in the course of the Dec. 3-6 observer program.
The B.C. Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Tradition and Sport isn’t sending anybody, however the Crown company that operates B.C. Place Stadium is.
“There are two senior group members collaborating within the FIFA observer program, each can be straight accountable for the planning and execution of FIFA World Cup 2026 at BC Place,” stated B.C. Pavilion Company spokeswoman Meaghan Benmore. “One different workers member attended the sphere administration observer program earlier this month. The estimated price range for all three individuals can be $30,000, they are going to be in Qatar for five-to-eight days every.”
FIFA World Cup 2022 runs Nov. 20-Dec. 18 in Qatar. Canada certified for the primary time since competing at Mexico 1986.
The 2010 naming of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup sparked a significant transnational corruption investigation that climaxed simply earlier than the 2015 Ladies’s World Cup, which ended at B.C. Place.
Australia, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. had been the opposite bidders for a event that usually takes place in June and July.
The event is estimated to price the Arab nation of two.8 million a document $220 billion. Qatar additionally gained consideration for human rights and labour abuses associated to the constructing of stadiums.
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