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FIFA Women's World Cup pushes forward despite Sepp Blatter resignation, corruption scandal

06/02/2015 06:03 EDT | Updated 06/02/2016 05:59 EDT
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has resigned and soccer's governing body is embroiled in a massive corruption scandal — but for FIFA Women's World Cup organizers on the ground in Vancouver, the show must go on.

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The days are counting down to the June 8 opening matches in Vancouver, when Cameroon takes on Ecuador and defending champion Japan faces Switzerland at BC Place Stadium.

While organizers and players are certain to be facing a barrage of media questions about corruption, and Blatter's high-profile resignation, venue general manager Rita Rogers says the focus should stay on the players.

"Nothing overshadows this tournament. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us in Canada to be hosting this kind of an event," she told Rick Cluff on CBC Radio One's The Early Edition. 

"This is the top female soccer players in the world, they deserve the chance to play in the best tournament that we can host for them."

World Cup-related events are also beginning to pop up around Vancouver.

The Vancouver FIFA Fan Zone, on the parking lot at Cambie and Georgia streets, will offer match viewing, entertainment, mini-pitch soccer skills and more starting, Saturday. Admission is free.

Team Canada begins the tournament, Saturday June 6, when it takes on China at Commonwealth Stadium. That match kicks off at 3:00 p.m. PT. 

To hear the full interview with Rita Rogers, listen to the audio labelled: Vancouver FIFA organizers push forward in the face of Blatter resignation, scandal.

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