Despite Australian football chief Frank Lowy’s bellowing that Qatar’s bid on the 2022 World Cup has hardly heard the “last word,” do not count on the quadrennial football tournament moving to another country any time soon. Or at all. Despite Australian, American, Korean and Japanese complaints that Qatar won the 2022 bid in a corrupt fashion, nothing has been proven--except for some of FIFA’s internal issues.

Qatar led in balloting from the beginning--Australia, sadly, was knocked out of the first round of voting after scoring only one vote. But the point I make is that the politicking is distracting from the opportunity the world has to watch an innovative and successful venue in the Middle East. Despite its current massive carbon footprint, Qatar is emerging on the global stage, turning the conventional ideas we have about the Middle East on their heads. Not the mention the progress that can be made on technologies including solar.

Shenanigans have had their role in past global events: the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake, the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Not to excuse any corruption, but Qatar went into last year’s bidding process with a strong and outsized bid that will make the world beam. The rest of the world is better off moving on and waiting to host the 2026 and 2034 World Cup events. But not the 2030 World Cup: that will go to Uruguay and Argentina to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the inaugural  competition, of course!

Pictured: Lusail Iconic Stadium, a proposed venue for the 2022 World Cup. Photo courtesy Wiki Commons.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.