Would A World Cup in Qatar Make Sense?

The Middle Eastern country of Qatar is bidding to play host to the 2022 World Cup. But some wonder whether the Cup might do better for the area if it were hosted by a regional coalition.

This piece from The Huffington Post looks at the country's ambitious plans and stadium designs, but questions the bid's wisdom.

"[T]o have five soccer stadia in a country of 1.6 million people (of which 75% is likely transient) seems absurd. While the designs feature demountable upper seating tiers to reduce capacity post-World Cup, one would expect they are still destined to become white elephants. They wouldn't be Qatar's first.

Which leads to the question, why not then put together a regional bid?"

Full Story: Qatar's Bid for World Cup 2022: To Build a Nation or a Region?


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