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Qatar hotels fighting to survive until 2022 World Cup

Doha - Qatar has marketed its opulent skyscraper hotels as jewels in its World Cup 2022 crown but coronavirus curbs and a glut in new properties are jeopardising the industry.

World Cup 2022 organisers to cut staff: sources

Doha - The organisers of the 2022 World Cup will lay off an undisclosed number of staff as gas-rich Qatar cuts costs amid the coronavirus economic downturn, several sources have told AFP.

'Premature' to postpone Tokyo Olympics, says IOC chief

Washington - International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said it would be "premature" to postpone the Tokyo Games Thursday but admitted the body was "considering different scenarios" as the coronavirus pandemic advances.

Saudi to play Palestine in landmark West Bank game

Ramallah - Saudi Arabia's football team will play Palestine in the occupied West Bank for the first time Tuesday, having previously refused to enter the territory as part of its boycott of Israel.

Iran women freely attend football match for first time in decades

Tehran - Waving flags and snapping selfies, thousands of Iranian women on Thursday attended a football match freely for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the country over its controversial stadium restrictions.

Iran women allowed into football stadium for first time in decades

Tehran - Iranian women fans are free to enter a football stadium Thursday for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the Islamic republic over its controversial male-only policy.

Platini released in 2022 World Cup probe, denies wrongdoing

Nterre - The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was released from custody on Wednesday after hours of questioning in connection with a criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

The 2022 tournament in Qatar will be played with 32 nations

Lausanne - FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body's president Gianni Infantino.The 2022 tournament in the Gulf state will now be played with 32 nations taking part.

FIFA drops plans for 48-team 2022 World Cup

Lausanne - FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body's president Gianni Infantino.The 2022 tournament in the Gulf state will now be played with 32 nations taking part.

FIFA Qatar 2022 plan would 'exacerbate' Gulf tensions

Doha - FIFA President Gianni Infantino's plan to expand the Qatar World Cup to 48 teams and increase the number of host countries risks worsening existing Gulf diplomatic tensions, claim analysts.

Four years to go but little World Cup joy for Qatar workers

Doha - Stonemasons Ojor and Raju take their lunch break sitting on a pavement near the smart central Doha complex they have helped build as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup in exactly four years' time.

Refugee team to compete at Tokyo 2020 Olympics — IOC

Buenos Aires - A team of refugees will again take part at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday, after 10 refugees competed at the Rio Games.The decision was approved at the 133rd IOC meeting in Buenos Aires.

IOC helping N. Korean athletes prepare for Olympics

Bejing - The International Olympic Committee is working on a special programme to help North Korean athletes take part in the next two Olympic Games in Japan and China, IOC President Thomas Bach said Tuesday.

Qatar World Cup weathers Gulf crisis but fresh storms brew

Doha - Qatar's World Cup organisers have ridden out the initial shock caused by the country's ongoing confrontation with its powerful neighbours, but experts warn bigger crises may lie ahead.

UK Typhoon jets to provide security for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Doha - UK Typhoon fighter jets bought last year by Qatar will be delivered in time to help provide security for the 2022 World Cup, Britain's ambassador in Doha said Tuesday.

FIFA human rights panel warns over migrant workers

Geneva - FIFA's human rights advisors on Thursday criticised a lack of transparency over the condition of workers on World Cup projects in Russia, highlighting the plight of North Koreans reportedly building facilities.

UN clears Qatar in migrant worker abuse probe

Geneva - The UN's labour agency on Wednesday closed a probe into the alleged mistreatment of foreign workers in World Cup 2022 host Qatar, praising a reform plan agreed by the emirate.

Gulf rivals trade barbs over 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Doha - Qatar reacted angrily Wednesday after its Gulf rival the United Arab Emirates questioned whether it should be allowed to host the 2022 football World Cup without a change of policy.

Qatar World Cup stadium worker dies

Doha - Qatar's World Cup organisers have announced that a worker employed in the construction of one of the stadiums for the 2022 tournament has died in a "work-related" incident.

China to free up internet for those attending 2022 Olympics

Bejing - China's tough controls over the internet will be temporarily lifted for people attending the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, officials promised Wednesday.

Qatar announces death of World Cup stadium worker

Doha - An Indian steelworker taken ill at a Qatar World Cup site has died, organisers of the 2022 tournament announced in a statement on Saturday.

Amnesty accuses Qatar of abusing World Cup workers

Doha - Qatar has been accused of abusing more than 100 mainly Asian migrants working on one of its World Cup stadiums, in an Amnesty International report released Thursday.

Qatar says Amnesty labour abuse claims 'simply untrue'

Doha - Qatar on Wednesday dismissed claims it has done almost nothing to tackle migrant labour abuse since being awarded the 2022 World Cup exactly five years ago as "simply untrue".

Rights activists attack 'sham' Qatar labour reforms

Doha - Rights groups on Wednesday dismissed as a "sham" long-awaited reforms of Qatar's much-criticised "kafala" labour system for foreign workers, which critics have likened to modern-day slavery.

Qatar to finish work on first World Cup venue by 2016

Doha - Controversial football World Cup host Qatar will complete work on the first venue for tournament matches by 2016, six years before the event takes place, officials announced on Tuesday.

We deal in reality not dreams: Almaty Olympic bid vice-chairman

Paris - The Almaty bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics is about reality and facts, not dreams and fantasies, their bid vice-chairman Andrey Kryukov told AFP on Tuesday.

China has mountain to climb with 2022 Winter Olympics bid

Jianchang - High on a barren mountainside, a red flag marks the spot where China hopes ski jumpers will launch themselves to glory at the 2022 Winter Olympics. But hosting the Games would require a giant leap of its own.

'Earthquake' needed to change World Cup hosts — Blatter

Marrakech - FIFA will release an "appropriate" version of a report into alleged corruption surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups but president Sepp Blatter on Friday ruled out moving the tournaments from Russia and Qatar.

World Cup corruption report to be released — Blatter

Marrakech - FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Friday a report into alleged corruption surrounding the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups would be released in "an appropriate form".

FIFA criminal complaint reignites World Cup row

Paris - Controversy over the awarding of the next two World Cups took a fresh twist on Tuesday as football's world governing body FIFA lodged a criminal complaint over "possible misconduct" by individuals in connection with the bids.
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