Entries in 2022 World Cup (3)


Man-Made Clouds to Shield World Cup Soccer Fans in Qatar's Heat?

Pixland/Thinkstock(DOHA, Qatar) -- With temperatures in the summer sometimes reaching 122 degrees Fahrenheit, government scientists in Qatar are working on ways to keep fans cool ahead of the 2022 World Cup, to be hosted in the country.

Some parts of the open-air stadiums will be cooled with solar-powered air-conditioning units, but the bottom line is that it’s still going to get very hot in the arenas as spectators sweat out the tournament, in more ways than one.  So Qatari scientists have come up with an idea for artificial clouds that will shield the fans from direct sunlight.

The plan is to develop zeppelin-like inflated platforms that move easily and are wind-resistant.  Since they’ll be filled with helium and made from ultra-light fabrics, these "clouds" -- at an estimated cost of $500,000 apiece -- will be about as light as the real ones, and can be moved as necessary to block the sun, providing shade to cover the whole stadium if necessary.

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Russia, Qatar to Host 2018 and 2022 World Cups

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ZURICH) -- FIFA's executive committee announced Thursday that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will host the following tournament in 2022.

Russia beat out England and joint bids by Spain and Portugal, as well as the Netherlands and Belgium. Russia becomes the first Eastern European country to host the World Cup.

Qatar topped bids from the U.S., Australia, Japan and South Korea.  It becomes the smallest country and the first in the Middle East to host the event.´╗┐

President Obama commented on the decision saying, "I think it was the wrong decision. But I continue to be optimistic that our team -- wherever we're playing -- is gonna make it to the finals the next time."

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World Cup 2022: Holder to Attend Meetings to Support US World Cup Bid

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Zurich, Switzerland to help make the bid for the 2022 World Cup in the U.S.  Holder will leave the U.S. Tuesday for meetings on Wednesday.

On Monday night, Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said about the trip, “The president asked the attorney general to attend to show the high-level commitment of our government to secure the World Cup and to make clear that the United States has the capacity to host a World Cup that is both secure and welcoming to the people of the world.”

Attorney General Holder will attend the USA Bid Committee's final presentation to the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and meet with members of FIFA's executive committee.

The attorney general is expected to return to the U.S. on Thursday.

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