The FIFA World Cup 2022 is to be the 22nd edition (how coincidental) of the FIFA World Cup and it is scheduled to take place in Qatar in 2022.
The 2018 edition is yet to kick-off (like way way way yet to kick off if you consider how far June is from February) and we at Amala.ng are already projecting the outlook of the FIFA World Cup 2022 (talk about looking into the future).
It’s also worthwhile noting that this will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Middle East, more, in an Arab and a majority-Muslim country. This will also mark the first World Cup not to be held in June or July as has come to be the norm. Instead, the tournament is scheduled for late November.
How Qatar was chosen to host the FIFA World Cup 2022.
When you have top rated countries like USA and Japan bidding against you for the right to host the world cup, its the general expectation that one ought to tremble. Initially, eleven bids were made by eleven different countries.
In the end, there were five bidders left standing for the 2022 FIFA World Cup: Australia, Japan, Qatar, South Korea and the United States (like obviously). Then a twenty-two member FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zürich on 2 December 2010 to vote to select the host the tournament and the below picture encapsulates the results arrived at later that day.
They say you don’t climb to the top without making a few enemies. True or untrue, a number of groups and media outlets have expressed concern over the suitability of Qatar to host the World Cup with issues bordering on the interpretations of human rights, particularly worker conditions, the rights of fans in the LGBT community (which i’m sure aren’t allowed in places like the UAE), climatic conditions and accusations of Qatar for supporting terrorism both diplomatically and financially.
FIFA officials have even been accused of corruption and allowing Qatar to “buy” the World Cup hosting rights (the concept of “Oil money” comes to mind). The climate conditions caused some to call hosting the tournament in Qatar infeasible, and they conceived initial plans for air-conditioned stadiums or worse case scenario, a potential date switch from summer to winter.
Sepp Blatter, who was FIFA President when Qatar was selected, later remarked that awarding the FIFA World Cup 2022 to Qatar was a “mistake” because of the extreme heat.
The controversies aren’t over just yet. Stay glued to this page for more on this topic as the story develops.