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World Cup 2022: Qatar’s chances
Believe it or not, Qatar is a very serious contender to host the event, which would bring a huge social and economic boost to the region. Kipp takes a look.
August 9, 2010 3:33 by Sam Potter
Sir Alex Ferguson, regarded by many as the best football manager alive, called the South African World Cup “poor.” And for many, the enduring memory of the event will unfortunately be the din of the vuvuzela. But now we can all banish those thoughts, because 2010 still has one piece of entertainment up its World Cup sleeve: at the end of the year, FIFA will announce the host nations for both the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, and the competition is fierce.
Among those hoping to grab a slice of the glory is the Gulf’s very own Qatar. Kipp decided to take a look at the (needlessly) complicated bidding process, and at the details of Qatar’s historic bid. Plus we check out the competition.
THE PROCESS: FIFA’s former policy was to rotate hosting duties for the World Cup around the continents, but the new arrangement means simply that countries from either of the last two continents that hosted a tournament are ineligible for the next. As a result the 2018 and 2022 bids will be the most hotly contested ever. Bidding procedure began in January 2009, with expressions of interest in February of the same year. The deadline of submission of full details was in May this year, and by late next months the inspections will be complete. FIFA’s final decision will be announced in December. Countries can bid for both or either of the tournaments, but can only win one.
QATAR’S BID: Tiny Qatar only has a population of around 1.6 million, and it has no extensive stadia or transport infrastructure to support its bid. Not to mention the fact that summer temperatures in Qatar are prohibitively high. And yet Qatar is in contention – serious contention, if early reports are correct. How is this possible? Because Qatar has pots and pots of money, and with enough cash, all the other problems go away.