World Cup Won’t Be Hosted While Qatar Improves Worker Relations

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Stating that Qatar 2022 will be “an amazing World Cup,” FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter emphasized that “out of respect for the Olympic Games,” the 2022 World Cup will not be hosted in January or February, at the same time recognizing the efforts Qatar is undertaking in relation to workers’ rights.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Managing Director of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, stressed that governmental and non-governmental organizations in Qatar are working hard to improve standards for workers and residents in the country. Continue reading

Alan Hubbard: Sport Needs to Stop Blowing Hot and Cold Over Where It Holds Its Major Events

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Back in 1968, just before the start of the Olympic Games in searingly hot, uncomfortably high altitude Mexico City, the late Chris Brasher sounded an ominous warning. “There will be those who die,” he thundered in The Observer.

He was right. Some 300 civilians, mainly students protesting about the repressive regime and escalating cost of the Games in a relatively impoverished nation, were infamously massacred by Mexican Government troops in the Plaza of The Three Cultures. Continue reading

FIFA Questioned About Moving 2022 World Cup in Qatar to Winter

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Australia’s soccer boss has caused quite some headlines, as well as a few derisive comments and finally a clear rejection from FIFA for suggesting the soccer federation reimburse the countries involved in the 2022 World Cup bid that was eventually awarded to Qatar.

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Iran’s Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei Pays Tribute to Female Athletes

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The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei congratulated and praised Iranian female athletes, who took part in competitions wearing the hijab, at a recent ceremony in Tehran to honor the country’s medal winners and officials who participated in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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Qatar’s National Sport Day to Feature Weight Losing Competition

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Qatar’s National Sport Day, due to take place later this month, will feature the launch of a new, countrywide weight losing competition designed to get the public fitter and healthier. Continue reading

How NBC ended Qatar’s Olympic bid for the 2020 Summer Games

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So the Summer Olympics are nothing more than just a TV show that would have trouble competing with other sports, entertainment and politics if it took place in October rather than in July? It appears that certainly is the case after Doha, Qatar, was eliminated as a candidate for the 2020 Summer Games because the country wanted to hold the Qatar Olympics in October rather than in July and August.  Qatar could throw money at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) but Qatar’s October choice had a real negative impact on TV people.

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IOC Sidesteps Political Issues for 2020 Olympic Games

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(Editor’s Note.  The selection of Olympic host cities has become a very controversial process over the past 15 years.  Ethnic and nationalist concerns, economic strength and political realities all play a process in the selection process.  This article taken from the Sport Intern blog is by a British commentator.)

Nice effort, but come back another time with an improved, or more conventional, bid. That, in essence, is the message for Baku of Azerbaijan and Doha, Qatar, when omitted from the IOC’s approved shortlist of host campaigners for the Olympic Games of 2020.

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