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Published 5 December 2017

Political and economic turmoil in Qatar, as well as a lacking labor force, may open up an opportunity for hosting the 2022 World Cup for former bid runners like Mexico, the United States and Canada.

Designs and construction for the seventh World Cup venue, the most recent design, a convertible 40,000-seat stadium may be hard to complete on deadline as its neighboring nations persist with its economic blockade, critics say.

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According to a recent documentary, The Workers’ Cup, Qatar, one of the world’s smallest and by far the richest countries, accepted the task of hosting the 2022 World Cup finals in 2015, without sufficient labor to construct the monstrous venue.

Home to only 320,000 citizens, the nation has resulted in hiring around 1.6 million young migrant workers from Africa and South Asia. The majority are male and ranging in ages from 20 to 30 years old, earning around $200 to $400 per month.

Closed borders present additional difficulties, experts admit, forcing fans and event organizers to travel by sea.

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 In light of these concerns, FIFA officials have begun analyzing the potential of 2026’s World Cup candidates: Mexico, the United States, and Canada, Record Journalist Ignacio Suarez reports.

The international soccer association is investigating the option of dividing the responsibility of hosting the 2022 World Cup between the three nations and giving Qatar the 2026 World Cup to allow the nation time to settle its political disputes.


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