Qatar World Cup Bid Update
Qatar is not Fooling Around!
by Edwin Estuardo
On Qatar's chance of hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup
A FIFA World Cup in the desert? The 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar's 50-degrees Celsius climate, is this a joke? FIFA has never taken the World Cup to a country whose climate is anywhere warmer than 29 degrees Celsius.
But with a budget of USD 4 billion to construct a state-of-the-art climate-controlled football stadium in the desert, Qatar is not joking around. This burgeoning desert country has made its bid to host the tournament in 2022 and already it has revealed its ambitious project to build a stadium that will wow the football world.
...we can guarantee 27 degrees on the pitch.
These plans show just how serious, innovative and focused we are about hosting a FIFA World Cup that will deliver a fantastic experience for players, fans and the media, said Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the president of Qatar. Regarding the country's sweltering desert heat, the Sheikh promised that we can guarantee 27 degrees on the pitch.
He further explained, A stadium with controlled temperature is the answer to the problem. We have other plans up our sleeves as well."
There have been reports that this oil-rich nation's first proposed stadiums will be equipped with hi-tech cooling systems that can drop stadium temperatures to 20 degrees Celsius.
FIFA is happy with Qatar's interest. "The Arabic world deserves a World Cup. They have 22 countries and have not had any opportunity to organise the tournament," said Sepp Blatter, FIFA president in April 2010. It has been reported that Blatter had expressed strong backing for Qatar's bid.
"The Arabic world deserves a World Cup."
Hosting the FIFA World Cup in the Middle East for the first time is good for the sports and good for the world. Blatter said, This shows the importance of the FIFA World Cup as a truly universal event and the global power of this competition to help achieve positive change, in line with our claim: For the Game. For the World."
Qatar intends to flaunt its bid as a bridge that can pull together the Arab and Western worlds. This is a very positive come on.
With FIFA's initial nod in the name of global unity and now that Qatar has an answer to the only true obstacle to hosting the tournament the desert climate, Qatar's chance of hosting the World Cup is very, very high. Qatar has just one more obstacle to consider its attitudes towards alcohol. While not strictly prohibited, there are severe restrictions on where you can buy and drink alcohol.
These small difficulties aside, Qatar is very close to going down in history as the first ever Arab nation to host the World Cup.
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