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Qatar joins World Cup race

The Gulf state of Qatar has declared itself officially in the running to host the FIFA World Cup.

The Secretary General of the Qatar Football Association (QFA), Saud Al Mohannadi announced the decision yesterday, saying that that the QFA had officially submitted Qatar’s bidding documents to FIFA.

Al Mohannadi stressed that the QFA had sent an official letter to world football’s governing body confirming Qatar’s entry into the race to host the 2018 event and, if that should fail, the 2022 edition.

FIFA has earmarked February 2, 2009 as the deadline for the submission of bid documents for both events.

FIFA will name the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in December 2010.