Despite a $45 million campaign, backed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, to host the 2022 World Cup, Australia was knocked out in the first round with just one vote.
Australia’s sports minister Mark Arbib said Qatar’s plan to ship surplus stadiums to developing nations and its contribution to Middle East peace appear to have clinched
it the 2022 World Cup.
Arbib said Qatar’s presentation was first-class, with its proposal for dismantling stadiums after the event and transporting them to developing nations fulfilling FIFA’s interest in seeing the World Cup produce a legacy.
The newspaper The Australian said that FIFA “took the contentious and high-risk option” of giving the 2022 event to Qatar: “The cash-rich but tiny Gulf state of Qatar has few football fans or stadiums and has a climate that will be so hot during the World Cup that the organizers admit they will need to build massive air-conditioning systems for entire stadiums and fan zones to avoid serious heath risks."