Recent accusation levied against Qatar of supporting terrorism by fellow Arab nations could scuttle the chances of the country hosting the 2022 World Cup tournament.
This is a position held by experts, as Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen, Egypt and Bahrain have severed diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing it of aiding extremist entities, an act considered as a threat to the region.
According to Kristian Ulrichsen of the Baker Institute at Rice University in Houston: “This is a massive escalation in pressure on Qatar. I think it will really have an impact if it lasts any time.”2022 World Cup
Location-wise, Qatar’s chances of hosting the word football competition is in doubt, in spite of the fact that it has repeatedly said its territory is safe. Those who initially opposed the choice of Qatar in 2010 could however be confirmed right.
Doha has also said the benefit the world football event would offer the whole Gulf region should be considered.
In his comments, Nasser Al-Khater, a senior member of Qatar’s World Cup organizing committee, has said that about 1.3 million spectators would visit Doha come 2022, and most of them would come from the Gulf.
This fate is however threatened if the accusation is considered above anything else.
Ulrichsen said: “One of its pitches [to secure the World Cup] was that Qatar is one of the most stable countries in the Middle East.”
He also believed that other countries who have the capacity could be called upon to take the responsibility and this could make the organizers exercise fear.
“Qatar will know that there are alternatives, so they will be looking over their shoulder,” Ulrichsen stated.