In a large decision from the folks at FIFA, there will now be special seating for obese people at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. FIFA told the AP on Monday that the Cup will be the “first time tickets for obese people are offered at a FIFA event.”
The decision has been made possible thanks to a ‘World Cup Bill’ in Brazil requires that at least 1 percent of seats in each stadium are made available for disabled people. Somehow that category includes the obese.
FIFA said that to qualify for a ticket, people are required to submit a medical certificate that proves they have a body mass index of 30 or more, as recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Health and World Health Organization.
“FIFA is generally following local legislation of the host countries, and is in Brazil guided by the General FIFA World Cup Bill and a separate decree related to obese people,” football’s governing body said. “The number of tickets available for disabled people depends on the infrastructure provisions of each stadium and the distribution between seats.”