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The Qatar Football Association (QFA) has confirmed the participation of Qatar’s national team in the 10th edition of the West Asia Football Federation Championship to be hosted by the UAE from Jan 2 to 15, 2021. Other participating teams so far include Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Oman alongside hosts UAE.
Qatar was crowned champions of the eighth edition held in 2014 with a win over Jordan. Qatar won 2-0 in the final of a tournament hosted by Qatar during the period from December 25 to January 7, 2014. The year 2000 witnessed the launch of the first edition in Jordan where Iran won the title. Six teams have won the championship title in the tournament’s history with Iran bagging the winner’s trophy four times – 2000, 2004, 2007 and 2008 compared to one-time title for Iraq (2002), Kuwait (2010), Syria (2012), Qatar (2014) and Bahrain (2019).
Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) strongly denied the allegations contained within the court papers made public in the US on 6 April 2020. They are part of a long-standing case, the subject of which is not the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process.
The SC pointed out that despite years of false claims, evidence has never been produced to demonstrate that Qatar won the rights to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 unethically or by means that contravened FIFA's strict bidding rules. The SC maintains that it strictly adhered to all rules and regulations for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process and any claim to the contrary is baseless and will be fiercely contested.
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