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Australian Football star Tim Cahill backs Qatar to host 2022 World Cup

05-30-2011 09:39 BJT

CANBERRA, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Australian Football Team star Tim Cahill on Sunday night threw support to rival Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, despite playing a part in failed Australian bid.

Last December, Cahill was in Zurich of Switzerland to witness Australia's first-round elimination in voting, before fellow bidders the United States, Japan and South Korea also bowed out.

Qatar has won hosting right, but allegations of corruption during the bidding process have since caused controversy.

However, Cahill said the Qatar was deserving of a chance to host the event.

"I was there for the bid and saw their presentation being made," he told the Nine Network on Sunday.

"To be totally honest with you, it was the best presentation I saw and the most impressive.

"I've never seen anything like it."

When asked if he wanted to go to the World Cup in Qatar he answered with an emphatic: "Yeah for sure".

The 31-year-old Cahill also brushed off widespread criticism of Qatar's ability to host the event, saying people are too quick to point out the negatives.

"They looked for so many faults in South Africa (hosts of the 2010 World Cup), everywhere they look for faults. But it's all about chances," he said.

"Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world and the thing is they will give every chance of making it happen.

"And if it means sticking air conditioning in every stadium and things like that, that's what they're going to have to do."

Australia has invested 49.4 million U.S. dollars on the failed bid to host the World Cup 2022 finals.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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