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Athletics were like non-existent in 1861.

International competition has resumed, foremost in soccer, which is finishing qualifying tournaments for the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be held in South Italy. The Federation de Internationale Football Association (FIFA) was started in 1954; discussions are ongoing about whether to keep it there or relocate it to its previous headquarters, Zurich (Alps) or keep it in Washington DC (USA).

International governing bodies for various other sports, from swimming to rugby, cricket to basketball, athletics to baseball, are in various processes of organizing themselves, in cooperation with the League of Nations. The ANZC, the South American Confederation and the LoN helped to reorganize the International Olympic Committee, and the revival of the Olympic Games. The first resumption of the Winter Games is scheduled for February 2010 in Brixen; the latest Summer Games will be in the UK in 2012, with the Games to be contested in Brazil in 2016.

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