The International Olympic Committee has called for a wider consultation on FIFA’s biennial World Cup plans and shares concerns over the proposal in a statement released by the IOC.
The committee pointed out the impact a biennial World Cup would have on other sports, like tennis, cycling, golf, gymnastics, swimming and athletics, among others. The IOC says it "would undermine the diversity and development of sports other than football."
They also stated concern over how it would affect gender equality in the sport and player welfare, as it would create extra physical and mental strain on soccer players.
Select clubs and federations have spoken out against a biennial World Cup in recent weeks, while others have voiced support for FIFA's plans.