Qatar and the 2022 World Cup
Well, at least we won’t have to hear any of that sappy stuff about how “green” the World Cup will be, unless Qatar has some secret plan we don’t know of yet to offset the energy required to air condition twelve outdoor stadiums:
ZURICH — Russia and Qatar won the right to host soccer’s World Cup tournaments in 2018 and 2022, in a surprise ending to a process that has been marred by accusations of vote rigging.
The decision by soccer’s ruling body FIFA comes as a particular blow to the hopes of the U.S. delegation, whose bid for the 2022 event had long been considered the favorite.
In selecting Qatar, the tiny emirate in the heart of the Middle East, FIFA chose to bring the World Cup to a Muslim nation for the first time. A desire to make history, and the opportunity to partner with the natural-gas fortune of the Qatari royal family, ultimately proved irresistible to FIFA. Qatar has promised to spend $4 billion to build nine stadiums, renovate three others and equip all of them with a high-tech, outdoor air-conditioning system to combat summer temperatures that can reach 120 degrees. The country has vowed to spend an additional $50 billion on infrastructure ahead of the tournament.