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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Why Qatar is bidding for big-ticket tournaments - The National

When Qatar won the right last December to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup, few doubted it had the wealth to develop its sporting capacities, but many were moved to wonder why it had bid.

Questions were raised about the suitability of the country's desert climate, the lack of Qatari competitors and its sporting traditions. Not at all deterred, Qatar last month announced its candidacy for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The bids are an attempt to put the tiny Gulf emirate on the map, says a spokesman for the Qatar Olympic Committee.