The FIFA World cup 2022 is organized to be the 22nd edition of the FIFA world cup. The international men’s football championship which was held after four years is contested by the national teams of the member association of FIFA.
From 21 November to 18 December it is scheduled to take place in Qatar. This world cup will be held in the Arab world and this will be the first world cup which will be held in Muslim majority country. Federation Internationale de Football Association is the full form of FIFA.
After the 2002 world cup in South Korea and Japan, this is the second world which will be held entirely in Asia. This will be the last tournament in which 32 teams will participate.
As in the 2026 tournament, there will be 48 teams. This tournament will be held from late November to mid-December because of the intense summer heat of Qatar. Moreover, this was the first tournament which is not held in May, June, or July.
The claim of corruption has been made relating to how Qatar won the right to host the event. The chief investigator Michael j. Garcia has described FIFA’s report on inquiry as ”materially incomplete and erroneous” and the report has cleared Qatar of any wrongdoing by FIFA’s internal investigation.
Investigation into corruption and money laundering related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 world cups was opened by swiss federal prosecutors on 27 May 2015.
Moreover, Qatar was criticised also because of the practice of forced labor and stating that hundreds of thousands of migrant workers have died because of the human rights abuses, and careless and bad work conditions of the foreign workers involved in the preparation of the world cup, despite worker welfare standards being drafted in 2014.
A claim was filed against Qatar by the former president of FIFA Sepp Blatter that Qatar had used ”black ops”, advised that the bid committee had cheated to win the hosting rights.
In January 2009, the bidding procedure to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA world cup began. The national association had to register their interest until 2 February 2009. Qatar took the 2002 cup as Indonesian officials had not ruled out a bid for the 2026 world cup.
Australia, Japan, Qatar, South Korea, and the united states were the five bids for the 2022 FIFA world cup.FIFA executive committee the twenty-two member convened in Zurich on 2 December 2010 to vote to select the host of both tournaments.
Before the vote concerning the claim of corruption regarding their vote, the two FIFA Executive committee members were suspended. The decision regarding hosting of 2022 world cup in Qatar, which was graded as having ”high operational risk”, cause criticism from media commentators.
The bribery and corruption allegation was there in the selection process involving members of FIFA’s executive committee. the investigation was done by FIFA on these allegations.
After Switzerland, Qatar is the smallest nation by area ever to have been awarded a FIFA World cup, the 1954 FIFA World cup host, which is more than three times as large as Qatar and hardly needed to host 16 teams instead of the current 32.
Schedule of FIFA world cup 2022
In April 2022 the final draw is scheduled to take place. By FIFA on 5 July 2020, the match schedule was committed. Featuring the host Qatar, the opening match will be played on 21 November 2022 at the Al Bayt Stadium.
Throughout the group stage, four matches will be played on each day, with beginning times being 13:00, 16:00,19:00 and for the first two rounds 22:00, and for the same time kick-off of the last round 18:00 and 22:00 and knockout stage matches.
On 17 December 2022, the third-place round will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium, and on 18 December 2022 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, the final will be played, both at 18:00.
Far from previous tournaments where the match venues and kick-off times for each fixture are set before the draw, kick-off time and the assignment of group fixtures of each matchday to a specific place will only be made after the group stage draw, which after the march 2022 international match window will be held, moreover, the teams of each specific fixture are known.
The organizers will optimize stadium allocation for spectators and kick-off times for the television audience, this is only possible because of the proximity of the venue.
On 3 September 2019 during simultaneous events at the Doha Tower, Katara Cultural Village Amphitheatre, Msheireb Downtown Doha, and Zubarah. the official emblem was unveiled. The tournament trophy, the infinity symbol, and the number 8 have resembled because it is designed, reflecting upon the eight host stadium and the ”interconnected”.
It also gives rise to the imagery of shawls to signify the tournament’s winter scheduling, and contain waves resembling desert dunes.
Bidding corruption allegations
There was growing pressure on Qatar over its hosting of the world cup as regards the allegations over the role of Mohammed bin Hammam ex- top football official played in securing the bid. Several African officials were paid $1.5 million by Qatar claimed by the former employee of the Qatar bid team.
Her claim was retracted but later said that she was pressurised to do so by Qatari bid officials. In March 2014 it was discovered that Jack Warner the disgraced former CONCACAF president and his family were paid almost $2 million from a firm linked to Qatar’s successful campaign.
Sony, Adidas, Visa, Hyundai, and coca-cola five of FIFA’s six primary sponsors, have called upon FIFA to investigate the claims. The bribery allegation was published by The Sunday Times based on the leak of millions of secret documents.
A report cleared Qatar of any wrongdoing after FIFA completed a lengthy investigation into these allegations. Despite the allegation, Qatar insists that the allegation on corruption is being driven by envy and mistrust while Sepp Blatter said it is fueled by racism in the British media.
Phaedra Almajid, the former media officer for the Qatar bid team on 7 June 2015, claimed that the allegation would result in Qatar not hosting the world cup.
The head of FIFA’s Audit and compliance, Domenico scale, in an interview published on the same day stated that ”should there be evidence that the awards to Qatar and Russia came only because of bought votes, then the awards could be canceled.”
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The 2022 FIFA world cop qualifiers campaign which also doubles as qualification for the AFC Asian cup 2023 began with a narrow defeat against Oman.
India restarts its 2022 FIFA world cup qualifying campaign with a match against Qatar on Thursday night, with a couple of games against Afganistan on June 15 and Bangladesh on June 7. Many controversies have been there regarding the place of the FIFA world cup 2022. But after investigation, this has been declared that Qatar is not doing anything wrong.
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