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Qatar Is Only ‘High Risk’ Bid Among Nine World Cup Candidates

Qatar’s bid to host the soccer World Cup is the only one of nine contenders to stage the event in 2018 or 2022 to receive an overall “high” operational risk rating from the sport’s governing body.

The country has set aside $50 billion to complete works if it wins the right to become the first Middle East host of the World Cup, in 2022. An official document sent by FIFA to its 24- member decision-making body, and seen by Bloomberg, also listed Qatar’s facilities for teams as “high risk.”