There are plenty of reasons to question the Fédération Internationale de Football Association or FIFA, the governing body of professional soccer. The organization has been riddled controversy for decades. In 2015, more than two dozen FIFA officials were implicated in a 24-year corruption scandal that reached the highest levels of FIFA management. Bribery connected to the awarding of hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup to Russia and this year's 2022 World Cup to Qatar were big factors in the corruption. Now, two days prior to the start, fans are told they can not buy beer with alcohol in the stadium. What?
Here in America, women's sports are a given. Often in this country and, even on this web site, we take for granted the competition going on and either dismiss it or shift our focus to the aesthetics of the female athletes competing. Even in this year's Olympics, I suspect many eyes will be on US Soccer's Hope Solo and Alex Morgan instead of our flag bearer, the top ranked fencer in the world, Mari