The success of Qatar in winning the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup has come at an interesting time for the oil and gas rich state.

In the voting for the 2022 competition, Qatar had stayed consistently ahead of its rivals and eventually beat The United States by 14 votes to 8 in the fourth round.

In the voting it defeated three previous host nations – USA, South Korea and Japan – as well as Australia, the host of the 2000 Olympic Games.

The selection of Qatar follows the FIFA policy of taking the World Cup to new parts of the world and this will be the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East.

In 2006 it successfully hosted the Asian Games, a major multi-sports event in the Asian sporting diary and took the gold medal in the football competition by defeating Iraq in the final.

On 7th January 2011 the match between Qatar and Uzbekistan in the Khalifa Stadium will kick off the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar bringing together the top 16 nations in Asia in three weeks of competition. This is the biggest tournament for national teams in Asia and Qatar has created five first class venues for the event.

The Final takes place in the Khalifa Stadium on 29th January 2011.

The biggest problem in 2022 will be the heat in June and July and cooling systems will be installed in all the stadia used in the Qatar 2022 World Cup but this will not be a problem in January.

Every four years the AFC Asian Cup is the major tournament for national teams in Asia. Qatar will be a highly organised host.

Next month, January 2011, the AFC Asian Cup will be the priority then it will be all eyes on the challenge of 2022.

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