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FIFA has rated Qatar its riskiest option to organize a World Cup in 2018 or 2022, according to detailed technical evaluations of all nine bids published Friday. Qatar is classed a “high” operational risk to plan and stage the monthlong tournament in 2022, while Russia is rated a “medium” risk to host in 2018. Both […]

That was the response from Football Federation Australia chief executive Ben Buckley after Qatar announced it was joining the race to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup finals. Oil-rich Qatar’s decision will further complicate Australia’s bid to host the finals, as it could also face competition from Japan and China to be Asia’s […]