A day after Qatar’s proposal to host the 2022 World Cups was rejected by Australia, the country’s bid was again denied on Wednesday after a court ruled that the 2022 tournament cannot be held in the Gulf Arab state due to its “dangerous situation” as a result of the blockade.
The court in Dubai ruled that Qatar cannot host the finals of the 2022 African Nations Cup, the only international competition held in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Australia is the only member of the Commonwealth that does not allow its citizens to travel to the Gulf and has called on the UAE and Qatar to immediately halt their bid for the 2022 games.
Qatar’s bid to hold the 2022 finals was rejected in August but the issue resurfaced when Qatar’s 2022 2022 bid team filed a legal challenge against Australia in March.
Doha’s bid team had said the 2022 bid would be “more democratic and more respectful” than its Australian counterparts and the court’s ruling will be used to justify the ban.
However, the court also ruled that “it is necessary to determine the conditions under which the event will be held”.
“It is therefore necessary to consider and determine whether the event would be conducive to the security, welfare, and well-being of the people of Qatar, the residents of Qatar and the citizens of Australia,” the court said.
“The court cannot rule on the constitutionality of the state of Qatar.”
In a statement, the Qatari 2022 bid group said it was “confident” it would “continue to support the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar”.
“We will continue to observe the decision of the court and will appeal this decision,” the group said.
“We hope that the relevant international bodies and the International Court of Justice will be willing to review the decision.”
The 2022 bid was approved by Australia’s Senate last month.
Its failure is the latest setback for Qatar, which has already been hit by the economic and diplomatic fallout of its decision to block a US$3bn oil-for-development deal between the US and Saudi Arabia.
The 2022 finals are scheduled for June and July.