world atlas Posted April 3, 2014 Report Share Posted April 3, 2014 Japan ready to take over Qatar's 2022 World Cup April 1, 2014 TOKYO: Japan is ready to hold the 2022 World Cup if FIFA strips Qatar of hosting rights over corruption allegations, the country's football chief says. Japan Football Association (JFA) president Kuniya Daini said the country, whose capital Tokyo will stage the 2020 Olympics, would step in if required. "If FIFA look for an alternative country, we already have the stadiums that would meet the criteria to host it," he said in an interview. "We have the Olympics in 2020. If there is a chance, we'd like to do it, although I don't know how likely that would be." The chance of Qatar losing hosting rights appears remote despite an investigation by FIFA's ethics committee, headed by former US district attorney Michael Garcia, into the much-criticised bidding process. Qatar has also come under fire for its treatment of foreign construction workers, with figures obtained by AFP in February showing that 450 migrants from India alone had died over the past two years -- about 20 a month. And there is a row over whether to hold the Qatar World Cup in the intense heat of the desert summer or in winter, which is mid-season for many domestic leagues. Japan, one of the countries that lost out to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, has experience of organising the tournament after co-hosting the 2002 edition with Asian neighbours South Korea. Daini said Japan also hoped to bring back the Club World Cup, which it has hosted six times before, and hold the 2023 Women's World Cup. ... AFP smh Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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