Fireworks light up Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, before the start of the first group match in the 2022 World Cup. Photo: AFP
Fireworks light up Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, before the start of the first group match in the 2022 World Cup. Photo: AFP

Forget Qatar’s World Cup, the Gulf wants an Olympics. Will it become a new sporting Mecca?

  • Saudi Arabia is fuelling speculation that it could host a future World Cup or Olympics, as Qatar is reportedly mulling its fourth bid for the Games
  • Gulf Arab states certainly have the cash to splash, but can they move past the ‘sportswashing’ accusations amid critics’ human rights concerns?

Fireworks light up Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, before the start of the first group match in the 2022 World Cup. Photo: AFP
Fireworks light up Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, before the start of the first group match in the 2022 World Cup. Photo: AFP
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