Fifa’s plans to host a biennial World Cup were met with a coordinated attack by Beijing-based members of the International Olympic Committee. One warned that it would cause “immeasurable damage,” and a second warning.
At the 139th IOC Congress in Beijing, three delegates criticized Gianni Infantino’s controversial idea. Thomas Bach, the IOC president, intervened to state that the Fifa president had not arrived and that any further criticism should be reserved.
Mustapha Berraf (President of the National Olympic Committees of Africa) was one of those who criticized Fifa’s plans. He claimed that it would generally have a “heavy effect” on Africa and football.
Berra stated that the plan would cause irreparable damage and put sport in danger, particularly football. It would simply drive away other sports and relegate these to the backbenches, which is unacceptable. This would also create a rift between men’s and women’s sports and hinder our goal of building equity for all sports.
He added that footballers weren’t robots and asked for an end to any attempt to infringe on our Olympic values.
Berra’s intervention is particularly noteworthy given that Infantino (an IOC member) last week claimed that his biennial World Cup proposition could help African migrants avoid “death at sea.”
Nenad Lacovic, the head of United World Wrestling, and Ryu Seungmin, a former table tennis medallist and member of the IOC Athletes Commission, condemned the idea.
Ryu stated, “Football must cooperate with other sports and International Federations.” He also said, “Sport is for everyone, and we need to have more solidarity among the sport.”
Bach intervened to tell Infantino that he had canceled his Beijing visit two days prior. Any discussions should be held with Infantino present.
Bach stated that “we would like to talk this with the Fifa President, but this isn’t possible because he canceled the visit to Beijing yesterday.” Regarding our colleague, we shouldn’t discuss this now on a larger scale.
Honda Will Return To Formula 1 as An Aston Martin Engine Supplier 2026.
Honda will return to Formula 1 in a formal role from 2026 as an engine supplier to Aston Martin. Aston Martin team. The company officially quit F1 in the year 2021; however, its engines are utilized by both Red Bull teams and are known as Hondas by 2023.
Honda announced on Wednesday that the F1’s goal of reaching carbon neutrality in 2030 had been a “key factor” behind its decision to return to F1 officially.
The new rules in 2026 are expected to enhance the electrical efficiency of F1 engines.
The body governing the sport, the FIA, requires the mark to use biodegradable synthetic fuels simultaneously.
Honda Racing Corporation president Koji Watanabe has stated: “In pursuit of its aim of achieving carbon neutrality before 2030, beginning in 2026, the FIA will require to use 100percent carbon neutral fuel, and electric power will increase dramatically by 3x the amount of the regulations currently in place.
“With this massive increase in power generated by electricity, it is clear that the most critical factor in winning in F1 is a small, powerful, light and efficient motor that has a battery with high performance that can be swiftly managing the power of a high output and energy management technology.
“We believe this know-how gained from this new challenge has the potential to be applied directly to a future mass-production electric vehicle.”
What’s the reason behind Honda’s shift in strategy?
F1 has used hybrid engines since 2014. However, the new regulations will result in significant changes to their layout.
Most significant is the elimination of the MGU-H element of the hybrid system, which recuperates energy from the turbo. It also increases a substantial percentage of hybrid power that is included in the engine’s power output.
Watanabe told reporters: “Currently, the electrical energy is 20% or less compared to the internal combustion engine.
“But the new regulations require about 50% or more electrification, which moves even further toward electrification, and the technology for electrification will be helpful for us in producing vehicles in the future.
Carbon-neutral fuels, as well as their integration in the engine, the engineer said, “match with Honda’s direction.”
Watanabe stated that expanding the F1 cost cap to engine covers was also an element in his decision, as it would have made “long-term and continuous participation in F1 easier”.