Qatar remains open to the possibility of staging the 2022 Fifa World Cup under an expanded 48-team format despite football’s global governing body having eased back on the proposal last month.
The European Handball Federation (EHF) has said it will impose sanctions on Qatar amid alleged outstanding payments for sponsorship and activation rights, while it has also called for an expansion of the World Championship to 32 teams.
Fifa has pulled back from any plans to expand the 2022 World Cup from 32 to 48 teams, while the ruling Council of world football’s governing body has taken the final step to pave the way for a vote to decide the destination of the 2026 edition of its showpiece tournament.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino has conceded it is unlikely that Qatar’s 2022 World Cup will be expanded, while he has hit back at criticism of a lack of transparency concerning the plans of world football’s governing body for new-look Club World Cup and Global Nations League competitions.
The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) has confirmed that next year’s edition of the Copa America national team tournament will feature Japan and Qatar.
The 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships will feature the event’s first-ever midnight marathon as part of a range of new fan-focused initiatives, the organisers have confirmed.
The chief executive of European Leagues, the organisation that represents 32 football leagues on the continent, has said the body will not support the proposed expansion of the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup from 32 to 48 teams.
The organising committee for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar has said that it will seek talks with football’s global governing body over the proposal for an early expansion of the national team tournament from 32 to 48 countries.
The founders of the Big3, a three-on-three, half-court basketball league that launched last year in the US, have filed a $1.2bn (€964.6m) lawsuit against a Qatari group it claims failed to deliver on promised investment and tried to usurp them as controllers of the enterprise.
Qatar, host nation of the 2022 Fifa World Cup, is set to compete in the 2019 Copa America in Brazil as one of six invited countries for the national team football tournament.
Formula E chief executive Alejandro Agag has said the electric car-racing series is in talks over holding new races in Beirut, Cairo and Doha, along with returning to China.
Qatar has maintained that it is on course to deliver a successful 2022 Fifa World Cup, with Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani stating that the blockade that affected infrastructure development last year will not impact on preparations for the national team football tournament.
The Al Shaqab horse-racing ownership group has told trainers that they will be paid soon after it was reported that the collective debts of the group had reached more than £1m (€1.1m/$1.4m).
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organising body for Qatar’s staging of football’s Fifa World Cup in 2022, has said the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will be the first venue in the history of the tournament to be built using a modular design.