FIFA World Cup: Six Reasons Why Qatar Should Not Be Hosting the 2022 World Cup

Kevin HoughContributor IDecember 2, 2010

FIFA World Cup: Six Reasons Why Qatar Should Not Be Hosting the 2022 World Cup

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    DOHA, QATAR - SEPTEMBER 16:  Qatar 2022 Bid Chairman H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani receives the FIFA insignia from chief FIFA inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls to bring to a close FIFA's three day visit to the Gulf state at the Four Seasons hotel
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    In a surprise announcement, Qatar have secured the right to host the 2022 World Cup ahead of established footballing nations like Australia and the United States.

    The choice seems bewildering on a number of levels. Here is just a few reasons why.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Footballing Tradition

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    GUANGZHOU, CHINA - NOVEMBER 09:  The Qatar team pose for the cameras prior to kickoff during the Men's Football group D pool match between Qatar and India ahead of the 16th Asian Games Guangzhou 2010 at Huadu Stadium on November 9, 2010 in Guangzhou, Chin
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    Qatar have never qualified for a World Cup. They have never made it past the quarter finals of the Asian Cup. In fact, their current FIFA ranking puts them outside the top 100 nations in the world. Yet despite all this, they will qualify automatically for the 2022 finals. If the seemingly uncompetitive South Africa's presence was initially used to disparage the 2010 decider, then surely the guaranteed presence of Qatar severely undermines FIFA's showpiece event?  

The Heat

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    CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 18:  Two young England football supporters eat ice creams on the Waterfront on June 18, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town hosts the match between England and Algeria tonight in the second of their group stage matche
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    Summer temperatures can hit 50 degrees Celsius in Qatar. The stadiums are promised to be air conditioned for games, but sides still have to train and travel in such conditions. Furthermore, the environment seems far from hospitable for the millions of fans which will descend on the country for the event.

Stadiums and Infrastructure

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    DOHA, QATAR - UNDATED:   In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022  The Umm Slal stadium is pictured in this artists impression as Qatar 2022 World Cup bid unveils it's stadiums on September 16, 2010 in Doha, Qatar. The architectural concept takes it's
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    Each of Qatar's proposed stadiums has to be either built from scratch or undergo severe refurbishment.

    This would suggest the country really doesn't require the presence of large stadiums in the long run. In these times of global austerity, should FIFA really be advocating such financial promiscuity for the sake of one tournament that could have been far more readily hosted in any of the other four competing nations?

Population

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    DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 14: Local fans during the International Friendly match between Brazil and England at the Khalifa Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Doha, Qatar.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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    With a population of just under 1.7 million people, its hard to envisage Qatar being able to dedicate enough indigenous support to make an event like a World Cup as atmospheric as it should be. Attendances would surely be at an all-time low and cast serious aspersions on the tournament as a whole.

Congestion

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    NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Commuters sit in traffic adjacent to the CWG dedicated lane in front of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on September 29, 2010 in New Delhi, India. Workers all across Delhi are scrambling to complete last minute preparations f
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    All of Qatar's proposed stadiums are within an hours journey of the capital Doha. Qatar themselves have put a positive spin on this particular fact, assuring fans it allows the possibility of attending two games in one day. In reality however, it seems to pose huge ramifications for travelling supporters who will be met with severe congestion around the tiny gulf state. 

Laws and Political Beliefs

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    ATHENS - AUGUST 13:  Flag bearer Ariel Zeevie leads Team Israel during opening ceremonies for the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games on August 13, 2004 at the Sports Complex Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Qatar has strict rules around the sale of alcohol which means fans expecting the traditional party atmosphere at the 2022 World Cup are unlikely to be enamoured. Furthermore, Qatar doesn't actually recognise Israel as a state. Does this really sound like a place you'd like to have a World Cup? Me neither.