Originally published in Arabian Business
Controversy has surrounded Qatar’s successful bid to host the World Cup in 2022. Initially criticism was levelled against hosting the World Cup in Qatar given the extreme temperatures and the impact this could have on players.
In November 2013 Amnesty International released a report revealing the exploitation of migrant construction workers from Asia, enlisted to build the vast projects developed in association with Qatar winning the World Cup bid.
And earlier this month, the Sunday Times newspaper in the UK claimed that Mohamed bin Hammam, Qatar’s former FIFA vice-president, secured support for Qatar’s bid, by allegedly paying over $5 million in bribes. Pressure has mounted on FIFA to fully examine these allegations, however, in all likelihood these allegations will have more of an impact on FIFA than Qatar and Qatar’s economic diversification programme remains on course.
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