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Qatar’s model of the stadium it plans to build to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup was displayed during the inspection tour for the country’s successful bid. After a Qatari former vice-president of FIFA was alleged to have paid millions in bribes to secure votes for the bid, it now seems almost certain the competition will have to be rerun.
Qatar’s model of the stadium it plans to build to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup was displayed during the inspection tour for the country’s successful bid. After a Qatari former vice-president of FIFA was alleged to have paid millions in bribes to secure votes for the bid, it now seems almost certain the competition will have to be rerun.
(OSAMA FAISAL/AP)

Is the world finally tiring of bread and circuses?

Candidates for the 2022 Winter Olympics are dropping like flies as Europe’s citizens express their horror at the prospect of shouldering the financial burden of the quadrennial extravaganza. Krakow last week pulled out of the running when 70 per cent of voters in the Polish city said Nie. In January, the mayor of Stockholm declined the opportunity due to the cost, and the electorates in Munich and in Switzerland’s Davos and St. Moritz have already spurned Olympic gold. With civil unrest threatening to wreak havoc in Brazil during the football World Cup and allegations of corruption swirling over Qatar’s bid for that event in 2022, one begins to wonder whether the future of global sporting events lies in unsuitable locations in states governed by the incompetent and the corrupt.