Qatar win race to host World Cups as FIFA spreads its vision

Qatar win race to host World Cups as FIFA spreads its vision

Qatar won the right to host the 2022 tournament ahead of bids from the United States, South Korea, Japan and Australia.Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin decided against attending the ceremony in Zurich, but his deputy Igor Shuvalov was present to accept the first successful bid from Eastern Europe.Has FIFA gambled with World Cup decisions?”You have entrusted us with the FIFA World Cup for 2018 and I can promise that you will never regret it. Let us make history together,” Shuvalov told the assembled delegates.Putin later flew to Zurich to address the world’s assembled media.”This sport makes a positive difference 2018 will be fantastic,” the former Russian president said.”We will build new stadiums and do our best to make the World Cup safe and enjoyable for everyone. We will allow all football fans to enter the country without a visa in order to enjoy the tournament and to get to know Russia and its history and culture.”Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, the son of Qatar’s emir and head of the emirate’s bid team, said he was looking forward to the first time a Middle Eastern nation hosts the event.”Thank you for believing in change, for expanding the game and for giving Qatar a chance. You will be proud of us and you will be proud of the Middle East. I promise you this,” he said.Qatar’s World Cup visionFIFA president Sepp Blatter confirmed that the ruling body’s desire to grow the sport around the world played a big part in the committee’s thinking.”I have to say thanks to the executive committee because for 2018 and 2022 we go to new lands, because the FIFA World Cup has never been in eastern Europe or the Middle East. So, I’m a happy president when we speak of the development of football,” he said.”But I have to give big compliments to all the bidders for the big job they have done and the messages they have delivered. All have delivered the message that football is more than just a game. Football is not only about winning it is also a school of life where you must learn to lose, and that is not easy.”We are not corrupt, insists FIFA officialCNN’s Moscow based correspondent Matthew Chance said the decision had been received with great jubilation in Russia, where the government has pledged billions of dollars to build new stadiums and infrastructure.It has already begun preparing to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.”This is a huge boom for the Russian economy it is going to mean tens of billions of dollars put into infrastructure and will give the country the incentive they need to meet their modernization plans,” he reported.”There is also a huge emotional pull for the people of this country. It is very intriguing the tactics used from the Russians to secure the bid. England’s bid had prime minister David Cameron and David Beckham to give it the celebrity X factor, but Putin just stayed in Russia to wait for the result of the vote.”Qatar’s victory came despite several obstacles being flagged up in FIFA technical report before the vote, including the region’s intense heat at the time the tournament will be held in June July and a lack of existing infrastructure.CNN Arabic”Logistics were talked about, but Qatar said we can do that, we will build enough hotels, enough stadiums,” CNN’s Sara Sidner reported from Doha after the announcement.”The feeling here is a sense of achievement, the sense that Qatar is an important country. People here are very proud. There was a little bit of surprise they could just not believe that Qatar was called, but there were some very big cheers.”When you look at Qatar as a country, it has a small population and most are ex pats, but there a lot of fans here. They believe people will come here, they will have plenty of facilities and they will have the climate conditioned and they will put on a fantastic show.”They are saying that people do not need to be afraid we are going to open up to the world and the world should open up to us.”

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