Why the 2022 World Cup Will Be In Qatar

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The World Cup will be held in Qatar in November and December of this year amid great controversy

  • The 2022 World Cup tournament was awarded to Qatar in a free election of FIFA delegates. The selection of the tiny Persian Gulf state as the host has been hotly debated ever since.
  • From Qatar’s poor human rights record over reports of poor treatment of workers building infrastructure to the sizzling temperatures of the country, many questions remain about this selection.
  • Particularly the construction works undertaken for the Middle East’s first world cup have been subject to international criticism, with reports that thousands of migrant workers have died already.
  • And the selection process itself has been mired in allegations of bribery and corruption, and several criminal investigations have been opened into how Qatar won by a vote of 14-8.
  • Another issue is that homosexuality is expressly banned in Qatar, and punishable by between one and three years in prison - a major concern among many critical of the 2022 tournament host venue.
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