DOHA: Qatar has found itself another inroad into football’s world championships: the host nation for the 2022 World Cup is to host the Asian qualifying rounds for the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

The announcement was made during the Aspire4Sport conference in Doha by a presenting team including Nasser Al Khater, the marketing and communications director for the organising Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee and as well as former France world and European title-winner Christian Karembeu.

The qualifying rounds will be played in Doha between January 22-26 at Katara Beach. Teams will vie for three spots at the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which will be held on the Pacific island of Tahiti.

Nasser Al Khater said: “Our decision to partner with FIFA Beach Soccer to host the Asian World Cup qualifiers demonstrates our commitment to the growth and development of football in Qatar and the region.”


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