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  1. 1. [LANE 462- CA-2011] December 4, 2010Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 5 minutes Translation (2)Saturday, 04 December 2010 | Dhuʻl-Hijjah 28, 1431 | Last updated at 00:57Qatar wins big on investment in sportsQatars 2022 World Cup bid delegation celebrate on the official bus in Doha on Friday. FIFA gave its ultimaterecognition to emerging markets on Thursday by awarding the 2018 and 2022 editions of the prestigious and lucrativeWorld Cup soccer finals to Russia and Qatar, both new hosts. (Reuters)By AGENCIESPublished: Dec 4, 2010 00:57 Updated: Dec 4, 2010 01:02DOHA: The surprise choice of Qatar to hostthe 2022 World Cup has left many Asiansand Americans bemused if not piqued, butthe Gulf state secured the honor after yearsof investment in sports.Massive celebrations erupted in Qatar after world footballs governing body FIFA announced Thursday that the Gulfemirate had trumped over more fancied bids from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States. Thefestivities lasted into the wee hours on Friday.Newspaper commentators highlighted that, while tiny, the nation of just 1.7 million people was bringing footballsshowpiece event to an Arab and Muslim country for the first time.
  2. 2. [LANE 462- CA-2011] December 4, 2010Dr. Shadia Yousef BanjarAnother recurring theme is the ability of Qatar to honor its commitment to organize the 2022 World Cup in the bestconditions. Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, who headed Qatars delegation in Switzerland along with hiswife Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned, issued a personal assurance the emirate could handle the big occasion."Qatar is capable of great achievements even if it is a small country," he said. "I promise the sports facilities will be ofoptimum quality and the pride of all Arabs."The emirate has earmarked $100 billion to develop its infrastructure, with the ambition of establishing itself as atourist center.In sport, the country has a wealth of experience. It organized FIFAs U-20 World Cup in 1995, as well as the 2006Asian Games, which many have judged to have been the continents best.Doha has also staged an ATP mens tennis tournament since 1990, and has hosted glitzy season-ending WTAChampionships for women over the past three years.Qatar also organizes the MotoGP, the worlds elite motorcycle competition, and hosted this years football Asian Cup.Officials have promised to begin work immediately on more than a dozen new stadiums it needs to build in as manyyears, before dismantling and transferring them to developing nations. The Gulf state has pledged to construct amodern transportation network, including a metro, and accommodation facilities.It also faces the unprecedented task of providing cooling systems for stadiums as the World Cup will be staged insummer when temperatures surpass 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).Many critics in rival bidding nations have raised doubts as to whether the emirate will be able to carry it all off,including US President Barack Obama, who described FIFAs decision as "wrong."Even extremists have chipped in, speculating that Qatar will "not exist by 2022 because Al-Qaeda will have alreadyestablished a caliphate," according to SITE, a US group that monitors extremist online forums.But addressing security concerns, the president of the bid committee, Sheikh Mohammed Al-Thani, the emirs son,assured that "in terms of security, Qatar will host an immaculate World Cup."The country though faces the hard task of convincing skeptical fans who fear the desert nation will hold a swelteringand boring tournament. Many fans wrongly believe Qatar has draconian social restrictions or the violence thatplagues Afghanistan and Iraq.Twitter was alive with such fears immediately after Qatar was awarded the 2022 tournament. Some fans suggestedQatar would keep women out of stadiums.They might be stunned to find a largely safe, cosmopolitan capital where celebrity British chef Gordon Ramsay hasset up shop, malls are filled with designer goods and the skyline rivals any in the United States. Women are free towork, drive and cheer on their favorite football team, as they did during last months Brazil-Argentina friendly.Still, this country of 1.6 million is no Paris or Rio or even neighboring Dubai — and Qataris seem to want to keep itthat way. Most understand, though, that the country will have to open up further with the World Cup coming and find abalance between the modern and traditional.Mohammed Al-Sayegh, 16, said he was initially against his country bidding for the World Cup, but now supports thebid as a way to boost the countrys standing on the international stage."We want to take the World Cup but we cant take everything," he said. "We can show the world that we can preserveour culture even if we host such a big event."
  3. 3. ‫0102 ,4 ‪[LANE 462- CA-2011] December‬‬‫‪Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar‬‬ ‫.1‬ ‫‪Microsoft Translator‬‬ ‫‪R‬‬ ‫الدوحة: اختيار مفاجئة من قطر باستضافة 2202 في‬ ‫"كأس العالم" أسفرت عن العديد من السيويين‬ ‫والميركيين مرتبك إذا لم منزعج، لكن الدولة الخليجية‬ ‫تأمين شرف بعد سنوات الستثمار في مجال الرياضة.‬ ‫‪2.Golden Al-Wafi‬‬ ‫الدوحة: الختيار المفاجئ لقطر لسْتِضْاَفة كأسِ عالم‬ ‫2202 تَركَ العديد مِنْ السيويين والمريكان أربكوا إنْ لمْ‬ ‫يُزعَجونَ، لكن الدولة الخليجيةَ ضَمنتْ الشرفَ بعد سَنَواتِ‬ ‫مِنْ الستثمارِ في اللعاب الرياضية.‬ ‫ِ‬