The Arab Emirate has an eye for the extreme and in 2022 their extreme ideas will be taken to a whole new level when Dr. Saud Abdul Ghani and his team at Qatar University release giant clouds into the skies above their Olympic stadium.
As part of their winning bid, Qatar officials agreed to air condition their stadiums which normally would be far too hot for competitors from most nations.
Dr. Ghani, head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Qatar University came up with the idea to use remote controlled “drones” made from 100 percent light carbonic materials that can be slowly flown over the outdoor stadium.
While the drones will be large and involve new technologies, they are expected to be rather cheap at just $500,000 a piece.
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said the 2022 Winter Games won’t be moved to accommodate the World Cup should the soccer tournament be rescheduled because of high temperatures in host country Qatar.
Qatar, surprise winner of the bid to stage the event, may host the 32-team tournament six months earlier than its usual June/July dates because summer temperatures may pose risks to players, Sepp Blatter, president of soccer governing body FIFA, said last week. Such a move may lead to a clash with the Winter Olympics.
The quadrennial winter sports event lasts about two weeks and is staged in late January or February. The World Cup, a month-long competition, would need to be held sometime between December and February if it was brought forward.
“FIFA have not yet confirmed that they will have a winter games and the situation for the IOC is very clear,” said Rogge, speaking at a press conference after his organization’s executive committee meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“The IOC will organize the Winter Games in winter,” Rogge added. “The bracket we have is between the end of January and the end of February. It is not possible to hold it in early January or March.”
He said he hadn’t talked to FIFA officials about the issue but was ready to do so once the soccer body had decided on a proposed time scale. The IOC is prepared to “sit around the table (with FIFA) to see that this is not harmful for either of the two partners,” he said.
The World Cup is soccer’s most-watched event, and generates about $5 billion, according to a study commissioned by U.S. Soccer. Bids from the U.S., Australia, South Korea and Japan to stage the 2022 event were rejected in favor of Qatar by FIFA’s 22-member executive committee last month
Qatar’s bid team still proposes to host the tournament in June and July and has proposed to build 12 air-cooled stadiums to combat the heat.
The next winter Olympics is in Sochi, Russia, in 2014. Venues for 2018 and 2022 have yet to be decided.
Qatar won the honor to host the 2022 World Cup following the announcement of FIFA Executive Committee’s votes at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich.
HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and HH Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned witnessed the ceremony that was held by the FIFA to announce the winners of World Cups in 2018 and 2002.
The ceremony was attended by HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, and a number of their Excellencies Sheikhs, and HE Chairman of the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, and members of the committee.
HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani received World Cup 2022 following the announcement by FIFA president Joseph Blatter.
HE Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad Al Thani, Chairman of the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee received World Cup host certificate from Blatter.
In a brief speech after receiving the Certificate, HE Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad Al-Thani said: “Thank you for the faith to us, and thank you for the faith in us to broaden the base of the game and give us a chance … thank you and we will never let you down and we promise that you will be proud of the Middle East”.
Joseph Blatter in a speech afterwards expressed his congratulations to HH the Emir of Qatar and his generous family, the State of Qatar, the Qatari delegation and Qatari football Federation… He also expressed thanks to the other countries that have not been winning in the organization of the World Cup… He also thanked the members of FIFA on the effort to participate in the selection of candidates to host World Cup 2018 and 2022.
The 2022 World Cup selection marks less a rejection of the United States than an affirmation of Qatar even as it underscores just what a challenge it’s going to be to convince the International Olympic Committee in the coming years to send the Games back to the United States. There are other places in the world. They deserve their chances, too. And there’s almost no place that’s as deserving of its chance as Qatar.
The sports facilities already on the ground in Doha are, in every regard, world-class, including the Aspire Dome, where they ran the world indoors.
With Doha and Qatar, the trick is always just getting people to see for themselves what it’s all about — moving past perceptions and stereotypes and confronting reality, a nation that not only wants to be but eminently deserves to be part of a vibrant 21st century world order.
To its credit — and sometimes it’s hard to assign the byzantine FIFA much credit — soccer’s worldwide governing body has consistently been willing in recent years to make the sorts of leaps of faith that inexorably lead to Thursday’s results.
Here’s to the hope that the FIFA balloting was actually done fairly and in good faith, and the suspicion that reigns in so many quarters about the 2018 and 2022 process, amplified by the corruption scandal that dogged FIFA in the weeks before the vote, will not in years to come explode into even-grander scandal.
Assuming a credible vote — and, granted, given everything involving FIFA, that might well be a big assumption — Russia and Qatar always seemed the choices.
The Olympics have already been to China, in 2008. They’re going to be in Russia, in Sochi in 2014. They’re going to Rio de Janeiro in 2016. South Africa? Someday, and the IOC members are going to see Durban for themselves when they gather there this July for the committee’s annual all-delegates assembly.
The World Cup is not the Olympic Games; the scale and scope of the Games is far bigger than one soccer tournament. Even so, it’s inevitable that one day the Games will go to Qatar. And Doha will eminently deserve it.
The good news for the Qataris is that they now have 12 years to showcase what they’re all about.
They have a great story to tell, and now an audience that’s going to be way more inclined to listen. And that’s their biggest challenge — telling their story to almost everyone else in the world, because very few travelers traditionally have been there. Doha is not Florence or Paris or Madrid.
Not yet, anyway. Don’t ever doubt that. They have the will.
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