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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
The country is already throwing money into developing innovative cooling systems, according to the Daily Telegraph, that it says will be able to control the temperature within stadiums. According to the bid’s website, solar panels will generate electricity that will be used to cool the stadia. In addition the country has a seemingly limitless budget for stadium and infrastructure development, and has even pledged to donate removable upper tiers from some stadia to countries that lack a sports infrastructure. The graphics for the first proposed stadia are truly amazing.
Add to that the potential social benefits of hosting the tournament in the Middle East, and Qatar has a very attractive proposition bid.
THE COMPETITION: The following countries are Qatar’s competition, but bear in mind that should a European country grab the 2018 event, the competition for the 2022 event will be reduced as no European sides will be eligible.
Australia (2022 only): Has the infrastructure, but proposed venues are shared with the Australian Football League and the National Rugby League, whose seasons overlap with the World Cup. Compensation required for disruption to domestic sports seasons would be significant.
England (2018 or 2022): Bid turned sour when bid chairman David Triesman made comments suggesting Spain would drop out of contention if Russia helped bribe referees in the 2010 World Cup. Has advantages, however: As the home of football there is a huge economic advantage to holding a tournament in England, plus all stadia and infrastructure is in place.
Japan (2022 only): As recent co-hosts with South Korea in 2002, Japan is thought to be a long shot. The bid suffered a hammer blow when Tokyo failed to win the 2016 Olympics, and plans for a new mega stadium were put on hold.
Russia (2018 or 2022): According to one bid submission, Russia is prepared to spend $10 billion on the tournament. And they will need to; at present the country does not have appropriate stadia for the bid, though it plans to expand existing venues.
South Korea (2022 only): Shares the same problem as Japan, in that the two countries co-hosted the 2002 event. Again it would need to upgrade several stadia, but given the fact that it co-hosted so recently, chances are slim.