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Qatar has just started Handball World championschip. And that is big for us danes. The openening match played at a brand new venue with room for 15.000 spectators in the middle of nowhere, There was around 2-3000 spectators... There have also been mentioned that Qatar has 17 World championschips within the next few years. It seems like the coming years have a lot of big fancy World championschips, but possible few spectators is my guess. Unfortunately.

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Qatar has just started Handball World championschip. And that is big for us danes. The openening match played at a brand new venue with room for 15.000 spectators in the middle of nowhere, There was around 2-3000 spectators... There have also been mentioned that Qatar has 17 World championschips within the next few years. It seems like the coming years have a lot of big fancy World championschips, but possible few spectators is my guess. Unfortunately.

Read this yesterday....

Qatar sign Spain handball fans to cheer in championship

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I think the Federations will give Qatar the various world champs (of mostly indoor events)...but the IOC won't give them the Big One...or at least I hope not. But that's what $$ can buy you.

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To be fair, I went and looked at attendance numbers for the 2013 Handball World Cup in Spain and things weren't much better. The only difference is that Spain didn't build a new 15,000 seat arena for the event.

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To be fair, I went and looked at attendance numbers for the 2013 Handball World Cup in Spain and things weren't much better. The only difference is that Spain didn't build a new 15,000 seat arena for the event.

Well, Qatar is obviously only fulflling its "build-it-&-dey-will-come" mantra. So by the time they've hosted these 17 or so WCs and World Cup 2022, they would have ALL the venues necessary for a SOG; and I guess the IOC will just have to cave in some time. :(

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Well, Qatar is obviously only fulflling its "build-it-&-dey-will-come" mantra. So by the time they've hosted these 17 or so WCs and World Cup 2022, they would have ALL the venues necessary for a SOG; and I guess the IOC will just have to cave in some time. :(

They won't if it means moving the SOG to February. The WC will be stupid enough to give into a move that drastic but NOT the IOC, especially when SOG will most surely overlap with winter sports, which are sports that are relevant to the Olympics. They're not about to do something ridiculous like that.

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They won't if it means moving the SOG to February. The WC will be stupid enough to give into a move that drastic but NOT the IOC, especially when SOG will most surely overlap with winter sports, which are sports that are relevant to the Olympics. They're not about to do something ridiculous like that.

Latin, that was said partly tongue-in-cheek. Of course, NO sane mind would want that to happen but stranger things have happened in this world.

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I don't think the IOC will choose Doha. They won't make the same mistake that Fifa did, especially with all the problems surrounding Fifa.

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Well, Qatar is obviously only fulflling its "build-it-&-dey-will-come" mantra. So by the time they've hosted these 17 or so WCs and World Cup 2022, they would have ALL the venues necessary for a SOG; and I guess the IOC will just have to cave in some time. :(

The IOC is a lot of things, but stupid they are not. What credible narrative could Doha even run with for an Olympic Games? The Nepotism and Elite 1% Olympiad? Good luck getting anyone inspired for that...and running the marathon in 45°C heat. The calendar alone (remember, it's the Olympic Summer Games) combined with the atrocious climate there will never let these games happen. Someone give me whatever those Qataris are smoking - because that's the only way I could explain their belief that Doha might get the games. It won't happen. Period.

I don't think the IOC will choose Doha. They won't make the same mistake that Fifa did, especially with all the problems surrounding Fifa.

Then again, FIFA is worse than the IOC under Samaranch...and that's saying something!

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The IOC is a lot of things, but stupid they are not. What credible narrative could Doha even run with for an Olympic Games? The Nepotism and Elite 1% Olympiad? Good luck getting anyone inspired for that...and running the marathon in 45°C heat. The calendar alone (remember, it's the Olympic Summer Games) combined with the atrocious climate there will never let these games happen. Someone give me whatever those Qataris are smoking - because that's the only way I could explain their belief that Doha might get the games. It won't happen. Period.

The fact that FIFA gave Qatar a World Cup is exposing them for the sham that they are and is giving the IOC all the reasons they need (as if they needed any in the first place) to avoid Qatar like the plague.

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Someone give me whatever those Qataris are smoking - because that's the only way I could explain their belief that Doha might get the games. It won't happen. Period.

Their weed is called Petrodollars.

Interesting article in German about the Qatari handball team here:

http://www.spiegel.de/sport/sonst/handball-wm-2015-katar-kauft-sich-spieler-und-fans-a-1013907.html

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Yeah, money is what it is. Russia and Qatar showed the money, FIFA then gave them the FIFA World Cup hosting rights.

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Yeah, money is what it is. Russia and Qatar showed the money, FIFA then gave them the FIFA World Cup hosting rights.

Tony - the country is just called "Qatar". Not "Russia and Qatar".

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Tony - the country is just called "Qatar". Not "Russia and Qatar".

Well, they are two different Countries, but they both had corrupt bids IMO. The bidding process was corrupt, Qatar and Russia doesn't have the best record with corruption. Fifa accepted money from both Russia and Qatar IMO, so I disagree with you on this.

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With Russia now facing the consequences, economicaly wise, of their actions last year (and they are still acting behind the curtain in Ukraine civil war), I wonder if they will be able to finish the stadiums now. I mean, they have taken aeons to build the St. Petersburg stadium for example.


Putin understimated Europe and they thought they could use the petrodollars and Gas to blackmail them (something even the USSR didn't do) but they forgot Europe has now plenty of regasification plants. You can have all the oil in the world but if you try to face the world on your own, the world will make you kneel to them. Same which happened to Saudi Arabia in the 70's and now Venezuela.

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We tend to overthink the cost of these events in the grand scheme of things. Depending upon how you count, Russia has an economy of $2 - $3.5 trillion. Even if the economy gets hammered, the costs of the World Cup is a blip.

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We tend to overthink the cost of these events in the grand scheme of things. Depending upon how you count, Russia has an economy of $2 - $3.5 trillion. Even if the economy gets hammered, the costs of the World Cup is a blip.

Depends on the country. For Russia and Brazil and countries with GDP measured in the trillions, it's smaller. For a countries like Greece and South Africa not on the higher end of the spectrum, it's a little bit more than a blip.

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They won't. Just like they're not going to remove Blatter. Too many people benefit from the system - most notably the developing countries...

Plus, it's ironic that the Council of Europe (under whose auspices the European Convention of Human Rights was signed) calls for Qatar to be taken out, but doesn't say a peep about Russia...

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What power does the Council have over FIFA? Probably at most, to save face, FIFA might just altogether cancel 2022 rather than ask another station to step in, to cause the least embarrassment for the Arab world.

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What power does the Council have over FIFA?

None. The only thing that could get FIFA is an indictment by a well-funded prosecutor...

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Now they are thinking about hosting the 2022 Fifa World Cup in November or December 2022. It's ridiculous, it should be June and July 2022, if they can't host it then, don't host at all.

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Now they are thinking about hosting the 2022 Fifa World Cup in November or December 2022. It's ridiculous, it should be June and July 2022, if they can't host it then, don't host at all.

Tony, that's just making the best of a disaster. FIFA made their bed; let them lay on it.

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Really I can imagine a boycot from European countries about Qatar 2022. I'm pretty sure, the world cup won't be in Qatar in 2022. Nobody wants this world cup there.

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Really I can imagine a boycot from European countries about Qatar 2022. I'm pretty sure, the world cup won't be in Qatar in 2022. Nobody wants this world cup there.

I can't see an outright boycott... I can see the Euro leagues doing a backdoor boycott by refusing to move their schedules around. Likely? No, But possible.

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