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  • Gianni Infantino the only Candidate for FIFA President -- Federation Focus


    02/06/19

    (ATR) FIFA President Gianni Infantino will be running unopposed in his bid for a second term.

    Gianni Infantino has no opposition in re-election bid (FIFA)
    World Football's governing body announced on Wednesday that Infantino was the only candidate for the presidential election to take place at the 69th FIFA Congress in Paris on June 5.

    Former Swiss international Ramon Vega, who also played for Tottenham Hotspur and Celtic during his career before becoming a successful businessman, attempted to run against Infantino but failed to get the required backing of at least five of FIFA's 211 member federations by Tuesday's deadline.

    Infantino, 48, was elected in February 2016 to complete the term of the disgraced Sepp Blatter as FIFA President. At this point, he only needs to pass the formality of eligibility and integrity checks to win re-election.

    His first term was highlighted by the expansion of the men's World Cup from 32 to 48 teams and the selection of a joint USA/Canada/Mexico bid to host in 2026. He is currently trying to get the expanded tournament to debut in 2022 rather than in 2026.

    Paris Welcomes Judo Grand Slam

    The annual first grand slam event of the IJF World Judo Tour season is this weekend in Paris.

    Paris Grand Slam 2019 will feature 609 competitors, 360 men and 249 women, from 98 countries over Saturday and Sunday. The draw and the weigh-in are on Friday.

    The event is being held at the AccorHotels Arena of Bercy, which has a capacity of 14,500.

    First place winners take home the gold medal and $5,000, divided between the judoka ($4,000) and the coach ($1,000). Second place finishers receive the silver medal and $3,000 ($2,400 for judoka and $600 for the coach) while the two bronze medalists receive $1,500 ($1,200 for judoka, $300 for the coach).

    An international training camp will be held from February 11-14 following the weekend’s competition.

    For more on the event, click here to watch a video from the International Judo Federation.

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    Written by Gerard Farek

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