Qatar World Cup in jeopardy amid political crisis

The controversial FIFA World Cup in Qatar is under increasing risk of being moved to another nation because of “political risks”, according to a confidential new report examining the multitude of issues surrounding the tournament.

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Artist impression of one of the stadiums from Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid Source: Getty Images

The Arab nation was awarded the rights to host the 2022 event in 2010 ahead of Australia, Korea, Japan and the United States but has been mired in controversy ever since.

However, according to the BBC, a report suggests " Western diplomats have privately stated the do not know whether the tournament will take place as planned". 

Accusations of corruption have overshadowed the Qatar tournament both during the bidding process and the construction of stadiums.

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Qatar's political fallout with neighboring countries has only added to speculation surrounding the event with fears they will be unable to complete construction of infrastructure. 

In June Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, The United Arab Emirates and Egypt implemented strict trade and travel bans on Qatar accusing the oil rich nation of funding terrorism.

In preparation to host the World Cup in 2022, Qatar has begun a A$257 billion project to prepare the country for the world wide event but it has been deemed by diplomats as "high-risk".

Albeit unlikely, if Qatar were to step away from hosting it could open the door for Australia and other failed bids to take over as 2022 World Cup hosts.

Thousands of workers are building the stadiums with basic health and safety and have been subjected to life-threatening heat.

According to Human Rights Watch, hundreds of migrant workers have diedin the process of trying to get the country prepared for the tournament.

But Qatar has fired back at claims in a statement which has called the report “laughable”.

“The intention to create doubt regarding the tournament, while attempting to cause resentment among Qatari citizens and anxiety among foreign businesses and residents, is as transparent as it is laughable," Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy said.

“Despite the ambitious title of this report, there is absolutely no risk to the future of the first World Cup in the Middle East."


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Published 7 October 2017 at 3:22pm
Source: SBS The World Game