Ever since the announcement back in 2010, the decision to award Qatar with the privilege of hosting the 2022 World Cup has been an area of debate with many agreeing that it doesn’t make a great deal of sense. Traditionally, the world cup has always been held during the months of June and July, the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere. The typical temperature in Qatar during that time of year reaches 50°C, making it uncomfortable at best for spectators, not to mention the players. The lack of alcohol on sale has also raised concerns amongst fans, as the tournament is considered a time of celebration, during which many like to enjoy a drink as part of the entertainment. These combining factors along with much more important human-rights issues such as the fact that homosexuality is illegal and allegations of what is essentially slave labour used in the construction of the stadiums, has resulted in a large percentage of fans stating they will not be attending a world cup held in Qatar.
Seth Blatter, president of FIFA, up until his recent and unexpected resignation, of course defended the decision to award the world cup to Qatar. He argued that the Arab countries deserved the opportunity to host the tournament and that it could be used as an opportunity to bridge the gap between the Arab and the western world. However, recent developments leading to Blatters ‘resignation’ have led many to question the integrity of his words, as it is likely that there were other influencing and significantly more ‘valuable’ factors in the decision making process, about which he conveniently knows nothing.
Rumours and allegations of corruption and bribery have long since marred the idea of a world cup staged in Qatar and the recent FBI investigation and arrests suggest that those rumours weren’t without substance. The question now is whether or not Qatar will remain hosts of the event or whether a revote will be deemed necessary. The question is proving to be a popular area of debate, particularly amongst sports betters, gambling sites and casinos. After the announcement of Blatters resignation, bookies slashed the odds of the Qatari nation hosting, with William Hill offering 5/4, which has been shortened from the previous 5/1. Betting on football related topics is a large part of the fun and entertainment of the sport with sites such as saudicasinos.com providing plenty of gaming opportunities.
A whistleblower from the Qatari 2022 bid team, believes that in a final attempt to ‘save his own skin’ Seth Blatter himself may strip Qatar of the world cup. While it’s not a common occurrence for winning bidders to be stripped of their privilege to host sporting tournaments, this wouldn’t be the first time its happened. In 2011 Pakistan was stripped of their co-hosting rights for Cricket World Cup due to security concerns, while Iran was recently stripped and banned from hosting tournaments by the International Volleyball Federation as a result of illegalizing female sporting spectators. If Qatar does lose the world cup tournament, bookies favourites for the replacement hosts have the US as favourites at 1/1, followed by South Korea and Japan with odds of 9/4.