Who has failed the hardest at hosting a major sporting event

YOUwouldthinkiftheresonethingFIFAcoulddoright,itwouldbeorganisinganinternationalfootballtournament。

But,asifanongoingcorruptionscandalwasntenough,worldsportsmostcontroversialgoverningbodyiscoppingitfromallanglesoverthestateofthesurfacesatthe2015WomensWorldCupinCanada。

ThetournamentisnowunderwayandpromisestobeoneofthemostcompetitiveandexcitingWomensWorldCupstodate,withmoreteams(24)involvedinthefinalsthisyearthaneverbefore。

Butthereisonebigproblemwhichhasloomedfromdayone,andwhichthreatenstoovershadowthewholeevent。

Despiteheavycampaigningfromcurrentplayers,formerstarsandathletesunionsinthetwoyearsleadinguptoCanada2015,FIFAandlocalorganisershaverefusedtochangeouttheartificialturfpitchesatallsixvenues。

Thisisabigissueformanyreasons。

Forone,genderequalityadvocateshavepointedoutthatthereisnowayinheckaMensWorldCupwouldeverbeplayedonsyntheticgrounds。

Butnotonlydoesfaketurfplayandfeeldifferenttoall-grassandadvancedhybridpitches,italsoposesasignificantsafetyrisktotheplayers。

Plasticpitchestendtooverheatinwarmconditionsandcanbeveryabrasiveontheskin。

JustaskAustraliasSamKerr,whotweetedthispictureafterasyntheticsessionwiththeMatildassquadin2013:

SydneyLerouxDwyeroftheUSWomensNationalTeamhadasimilarmessageforthetournamentsorganisingcommittee:

Upto50playersnowatthe2015WorldCupevenpursuedlegalactionagainstFIFAandtheCanadianSoccerAssociation,includingstarnamessuchasUSAsAbbyWambachandGermanysNadineAngerer,althoughtheywithdrewtheircaseinJanuarythisyearduetothedefendantsobstinance。

Withallthisnonsensegoingon,weatCupsBetting。

comstartedwondering:hasFIFA,oranyoneelse,evermadesuchanunnecessaryshamblesofamajorinternationalsportingevent?

Herearejustafewofthemostfarcicalbeautiesfromthelastfewyears。

2008ChampionsLeagueFinal,Moscow

AdvocatesofkeepingtheartificialpitchesinCanadamaywellcitethe2008UEFAChampionsLeaguefinalasabigreasonfordoingso。

InordertogainhostingrightsforthebiggestmatchinEuropeanclubfootball,theoperatorsoftheLuzhnikiStadiumlaid35mmofnaturalgrassandearthontopoftheincumbentFieldTurfsyntheticpitch。

Concernsoverplayersafetyandpitchqualitywererifeintheweeksleadinguptothedecider。

TheunsuresurfacewouldplayabigpartinManchesterUnitedseventualvictory,withChelseacaptainJohnTerryfamouslyslippingoverduringthepenaltyshootout。

JasonTerryssliphighlightedasub-standardsurfaceforoneofsoccersbiggestmatches。

2010CommonwealthGames,NewDelhi

The19theditionoftheCommonwealthGamesisbestrememberedforjustabouteverythingexceptthesport。

TheorganisationandinfrastructureatDelhi2010wasanabsolutemess。

Abridgecollapsedafewdaysoutfromtheevent;stadiumswerebarelyreadybythetimetheopeningceremonycamearound;theathleteslodgingswerewidelydecriedasdirty,poorlybuiltandunfitforhumanhabitation。

Topitalloffwithcorruptionallegationsandanoutbreakofdenguefever,andyouhavetherecipeforoneoftheworst-managedmajorsportingeventsinlivingmemory。

ThelastCommenwealthGamesinDelhiwerelabeledadisaster

2014FIFAWorldCup,Brazil?

IfthemostrecentstagingofCopaMundialisanythingtogoby,theIOCshouldbenervousaheadofthe2016SummerOlympicsinRiodeJaneiro。

Alreadyincripplingdebtandsufferingfrommasspoverty,Brazilwasalwaysadiceyselection。

Swarmsofprotestersmadethatclearduringthe2013ConfederationsCupayearoutfromthemainevent。

TherewasplentyofgoodfootballplayedatBrazil2014,butbadlogistics,civilunrestandthesheerwastefulnessofitallleftabadtasteinthemouthsofmanyobserverstheworldover。

FIFAslastWorldCupinBrazilwasrifewithcivilunrest。

2014WinterOlympics,Sochi

MuchlikeBerlin1936wasHitlersOlympicsandItaly1934wasMussolinisWorldCup,themostrecentinstallmentoftheWinterOlympiadwasallaboutVladimirPutinandhisshadyregimeinRussia。

Onapoliticalfront,Sochi2014wasabafflingaffair。

Strictimmigrationlawshadtobeadjustedinordertoallowmanyathletestoattendatall,whileRussiascontroversialanti-homosexuallegislationwasaconstanttalkingpoint。

Thentherewasthecost。

WithoverUS$50billionspentonupgradingstadiumsandinfrastructure,theSochiGameswerethemostexpensiveinallofOlympichistory。

ButfancyroadsandprettyvenuescouldnotovercometheharshrealitiesathletesandvisitorsalikefacedinPutinsRussia。