The International Olympic Committee rejected Qatar’s bid for the 2020 Olympics yesterday. Here’s why:
- Athletes would burst into flames because it’s 100+ degrees there
- The Games would have to be held in October to avoid the 110-degree summer heat, which would kill TV ratings worldwide
- The space-age artificial cloud that the country promised to invent are imaginary
- It would cost significantly more money than the record $42 BILLION it cost China to stage the Games
OK, we’re paraphrasing, but that’s the gist of a 90-page report that the IOC published in support of their decision.
Why does this matter?
Well, last year, FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar in controversial fashion — widespread allegations of bribery are still coming out.
Basically, FIFA ignored a bunch of real issues, and now the IOC is making them look dumb by publishing a 90-page report detailing exactly why it’s ridiculous to stage such a big event in Qatar.
Qatar (technically Doha and Baku) was one of five semi-finalists to host the Games. But 12 members of the committee rejected the proposal, and now only the bids from Madrid, Tokyo, and Istanbul remain.
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