Can football diplomacy reunite the GCC?

Outwitting Australia, Japan, South Korea and the US, Qatar had won the bid to host the 22 edition of the FIFA World Cup in 2010. Appealing to FIFA to take a “bold gamble” and bring the World Cup to a region where football is a craze and beginning to emerge as a world player in global sports, Doha had convinced the 22-member panel. Being held in the Middle East for the very first time, this FIFA win was a great source of pride for this region. Unfortunately, even as the mega-event edged closer, political disputes broke out in 2017, resulting in an unjust blockade on Qatar in by other Gulf Coope…

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