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World Cup: how and why are the rich Gulf countries getting their hands on sport?


World Cup in Qatar, Asian Winter Games, F1 Grand Prix, organization of the Dakar… Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain: it is in these countries, sitting on huge oil reserves, that part of the present and the future of world sport is now being written.

An observation summarized by Radio France journalist specializing in the Middle East, Christian Chesnot: "The organization of the Games in Paris in 2024

(and those of winter in Milan in 2026)

will be the end of a world, predicts our colleague .

Between ecological, economic and security concerns, we will not see the Olympics again in Europe for a long time.

These countries are putting so much money on the table that the essentials are happening and will now happen at home.

It's unpleasant, but it's the reality: the great novelties are no longer with us, in Europe.


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Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2022-12-08

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