In a major turn of events, Saudi Arabia has chosen to withdraw its bid for hosting the 2030 FIFA World Cup. The decision arrives following the compelling joint bid lodged by Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.
Saudi’s Foreign Minister, Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, has informed the representatives of Greece and Egypt that Saudi Arabia has opted not to contend against the solid proposal presented by the Spanish and Portuguese football federations.
Saudi Arabia’s retraction from the World Cup bid comes as a considerable shift in the landscape of competition to host the prestigious global sports event.
This move signals Saudi’s acknowledgment of the substantial progress and lead Spain, Portugal, and Morocco have accomplished through years of serious and silent work. The strategic diplomacy, discreetly carried out by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) under Luis Rubiales’ leadership, has fortified the tri-nation candidacy.
As of now, the primary competition for the Spain-Portugal-Morocco bid is from the South American consortium consisting of Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Paraguay. The triumphant bid is set to be announced in September 2024.
The withdrawal of Saudi Arabia from the bid might have numerous implications, ranging from refocusing on other areas of sports development to strategizing for future World Cup bids. This could, in turn, trigger other nations to reevaluate their plans, creating a domino effect in the race to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.