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How Qatar Is Using the World Cup to Clean Up Its Image

The Wide World of Sportswashing

The 2022 World Cup has just kicked off in Qatar. Long before the first match, the small Arab monarchy made a bet that investing billions in the “beautiful game” might do wonders for their reputation, too. Qatar has plowed money into buying foreign football clubs, building ultramodern facilities, and bringing the sport’s premier global tournament to the Arabian Gulf. In a new JoD online exclusive, Sarath K. Ganji explains how Qatar became a world leader in sportswashing.

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