The Gulf Crisis and Qatar's FIFA World Cup 2022

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The Qatar/UAE rivalry for jawdropping features has been about significantly more than trophy acquisitions and execution on the pitch. By driving the cost of soccer players into the stratosphere, Qatar was telling it's Gulf depreciators it could shake off their blacklist as it would swat a fly. That was invaluable in a situation in which the UAE­Saudi-drove organization together has neglected to gather across the board bolster for its blacklist in both the Muslim world and the more extensive worldwide network.


For Qatar, the acquisitions of football was a part of a far more extensive delicate power procedure that from multiple points of view may be the most calculated approach in the Gulf. It imagined sports as much as a foundation of a national way of life as it was a key leg of its push to gather delicate power. The 2022 World Cup was the procedure's crown gem. However, the system has delivered just blended outcomes. However, the performance of Qatar in a football pitch has not been nearly close to what various other Arab countries have done to boost their image. Qatar has never been able to qualify and play in a FIFA World Cup before and is qualified as the hosts for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Corruption in Governance

The problem in sports governance goes far beyond financial and performance corruption. That is evident in the way that the Gulf crisis, the Saudi-Iranian rivalry, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict increasingly flood soccer with a growing number of decisions that upset the conception of a separation of sports and politics with football. 

Sheikh Ahmad, who is a member of Kuwait's ruling family, and former minister and head of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is the living example of not separating sport and politics. He is believed to be one of four co-conspirators listed in Richard Lai's indictment. Richard Lai was accused and found guilty of taking bribes of more than $850,000 between 2009 and 2014 "from a faction of soccer officials in the AFC region" to help "officials in that faction identify other officials in the AFC to whom they should offer bribes. The goal of this scheme was for the faction to gain control of the AFC and influence FIFA.'' Ahmed denied the allegations and chose to leave and not to keep running for re-election at that month's FIFA Congress in Bahrain. It put a conclusion to his push to misuse his worldwide sports stature to encourage his political desire in a severe power battle inside Kuwait's decision family. Ahmad has used his position for a long time to put his own men in office. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) lifted the 18-month suspension in December 2017 in time for the Gulf Cup.

Men like Ahmad and his long time protégé, AFC president Sheik Salman Bin Ibrahim All - Khalifa, who is a Bahraini national, symbolize the interweaving of sports and legislative issues. They are imperious, driven and eager for power. They have worked to keep the power in their hands and keep the critics aside who want genuine change. 

The Qatar World Cup has controversies surrounding it as the World Cup has become a geopolitical football. But if the World Cup turns out to be an honest and a successful one, then Qatar will make a very important contribution to make even improved governance in sports and football. 

The football fans around the world will hope that the Gulf crisis will not have any kind of negative effect on Qatar's World Cup in 2022 and the world will be able to enjoy another spectacular and successful World Cup.