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Qatar's 2022 WC is still under serious risk

New report raises questions about 2022 World Cup being held in Qatar

October 6, 2017 By Oscar Rojas
Topics: FIFA, World Cup, Qatar
Since 2010, FIFA's election to play the global tournament in this country has been harshly criticized. Now, issues away from the pitch complicate it even more

There might be a glimmer of hope for all those football fans that were not pleased by FIFA's decision to grant the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, as reports coming from the Middle East confirm that the complicated political scheme in the region could see football's governing body changing the host nation for the aforementioned edition of the tournament.

According to a report by the BBC, experts working for Cornerstone Global, a management consultants' service, have warned construction companies about the risks of investing in this venture. The report also claims that "it is far from certain Doha will actually host the tournament."

An aerial view of Khalifa International Stadium, the first venue completed for the 2022 competition.

The political landscape has also changed in recent months, as Qatar has cut ties with neighbors Saudi Arabia, Bahrein, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, as these countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorist groups. For example, Saudi Arabia closed its land border with Qatar.

The report goes even further explaining the reasons why the competition could change its host nation, leaving those who invest in a rather complicated situation.

"Any cancellation of Qatar hosting the World Cup 2022 will likely be abrupt and will leave contractors involved in a precarious situation that may not be easily resolved," the report adds.

Hosting the tournament in Qatar would force FIFA to change all calendars to fit the competition in the winter, considering the extreme weather conditions fans, authorities and players would encounter if everything continues as planned.

 


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