CLEAN CHIT FOR DOHA?

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Qatar has been cleared to host the 2022 World Cup after a FIFA in­ves­ti­ga­tion. De­spite find­ing ev­i­dence of “po­ten­tially prob­lem­atic con­duct” by some in­di­vid­u­als, a re­port has said the bid­ding process for the tour­na­ment was not com­pro­mised. How­ever, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion did im­pli­cate Eng­land over its bid for the 2018 tour­na­ment for breach­ing the rules in its at­tempts to woo dis­graced for­mer FIFA vice-pres­i­dent Jack Warner.

How­ever, Chief In­ves­ti­ga­tor Michael J Gar­cia de­nounced the way in which his re­port has been sum­merised and de­manded that the re­port in its en­tir­ity be made avail­able to the FIFA Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee. This will likely be done and the com­mit­tee will be free to de­cide if they ac­cept Head Judge Hans-Joachim Eck­ert's rec­om­men­da­tions or take more se­ri­ous ac­tion.

As a dis­ease that is par­tic­u­larly preva­lent in the Gulf re­gion, the in­ci­dence of di­a­betes is as high as 12-18% in the Mid­dle East, with Qatar, Saudi Ara­bia and Oman ap­pear­ing in the top ten most af­fected coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Di­a­betes Fed­er­a­tion.

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