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At least half a million visitors from all over the world will visit Russia to attend the quadrennial event.
The United States was the last North American country to host the quadrennial tournament, in 1994, but Baltimore was not among the nine cities that hosted a World Cup game then.
Well, another major, international, quadrennial sporting event is not too far off: On June 14, the 2018 men’s FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia — and the competition is expected to be fierce.
The groups have been discussing the creation of a biennial world league for national teams as well as a quadrennial tournament for 24 clubs similar to the World Cup.
Before the latest revelation, Qatari organizers had expressed unwavering confidence in staging soccer's quadrennial party.
In an open square in the middle of the city, several thousand cheering fans watched on a huge television as the tiny country virtually clinched a spot in the quadrennial tournament for the first time.
As Klein puts it: There’s no quadrennial election for CEO of Facebook.
In what may be the first of its kind for the quadrennial games, American lugers are accepting cryptocurrency donations to help fund their Olympic ambitions.
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Did You Know?
Most things quadrennial occur every four years (that's the more common use). We can say, for example, that the U.S. presidential election is a quadrennial event. But we can also say that president's term in office is quadrennial, making good use of the "lasting four years" sense. The Latin combining form quadri- adds a factor of four to many English words: quadriceps (the thigh muscle, which has four parts), quadrilateral (a four-sided polygon), quadragenarian (a person in his or her 40s), and quadricentennial (a 400th anniversary), to name a few. The -ennial part of quadrennial has the same root as in biennial and centennial; all trace back to annus, the Latin word for "year."
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