has chosen Qatar to be the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ on December 2, 2010. Competing to host this World Cup™, were Australia, Japan, Korea Republic, the United States of America and Qatar. In round 1, Australia was eliminated. In round 2, Japan was eliminated and in round 3, Korea Republic was eliminated leaving just the United States of America and Qatar as the finalists. Sadly the United States has again lost a chance to be the host of a major sporting event. Qatar was chosen in Round 4 by a vote of 14-8.
In their Why Qatar? official bid site a statement reads: Hosting the tournament in the Middle East for the first time will be a landmark for the region and a profound statement about cross-cultural understanding. We’re pioneering technologies that will allow for outdoor, air-conditioned stadiums that will be carbon neutral, benefiting the environment and creating ideal conditions for players and spectators.
However, today Peter Velappan, the former general secretary of the Asian Football Confederation has urged FIFA to change the timing of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ warning the Federation of the dangers posed by playing in temperatures reaching 40 degrees Centrigrade in the desert state of Qatar. He added that plans to cool stadiums and training grounds with air conditioners were “not a solution” and that some European countries might boycott the tournament due to concerns over the heat.
The comment by this disgruntled man states:
- MPs ask for World Cup bid review (news.bbc.co.uk)