Friday, May 14, 2010

Green Cup With Bikes A-Plenty for Belgium and Netherlands Bid

Belgium and the Netherlands have submitted their joint bid for either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup, highlighting their commitment to creating a "green" World Cup. Their plan includes free public transit and 2 million free bikes for fans to use during the event.

"It will be the greenest World Cup ever with an environment protection plan the world has never seen before," said [Ruud] Gullit, who is president of the bid.

"The games will be played in 14 truly green stadiums. The compactness of our countries is a great asset, due to the short distance the next game is never far away and we will offer the fans a network of free public transport and 2 million free bikes.

"In the Low Countries, everyone can go to the stadiums by bike, just like we arrived this morning."

Gullit goes green as FIFA receives World Cup bid books
May 14, 2010