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Qatar 2022 World Cup May Be Pulled Over Corruption: Report

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Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar speaks during a high-level exhibition on Harnessing the Power of Sport in Achieving Sustainable Development on Sept. 22, 2017, at the UN Headquarters in New York City. (Luiz Rampelotto/EuropaNewswire/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)

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2022 World Cup Hosting May Be Pulled From Qatar Over Corruption

By Jen Krausz

Qatar may not end up hosting the 2022 World Cup because of possible corruption in the bidding process and a diplomatic crisis with its neighbors.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said while Qatar is in crisis he didn’t think the Cup was under threat, CBS Sports reported, but tournament insiders and others in the know have thrown the nation’s position as host in doubt, saying it is “far from certain” that the hosting position is a sure one.

A study by Cornerstone Global has produced a “risk report” detailing the crisis between Qatar and its neighbors, some of which have imposed sanctions against the oil-rich nation, the BBC reported. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the UAE all cut ties with Qatar in June, claiming it was supporting terrorism and could destabilize the Middle East.

The report cites Western diplomats who “have privately stated they do not know whether or not the tournament will take place as planned,” the BBC reported.

“Any cancellation of Qatar hosting the World Cup 2022 will likely be abrupt and will leave contractors involved in a precarious situation that may not be easily resolved,” the report continued, according to the BBC. Construction on the facilities for hosting the World Cup is already underway and has met with some logistical problems.

FIFA is monitoring the situation but has not commented publicly.

Qatar denied it is supporting terrorism and has refused to meet conditions for sanctions to be lifted, the BBC reported.

The last time the World Cup was moved to a different location was 1986, from Columbia to Mexico because of economic issues.

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