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Qatar official upbeat despite loss

May 2, 2013
By Associated Press
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Defeated in an election Thursday to join the FIFA executive committee, the head of the 2022 World Cup organizing committee said tournament preparations won't be damaged.

A seat for Hassan Al Thawadi on FIFA's decision-making board would have strengthened Qatar's ability to protect its interests ahead of the tournament, especially if the widely proposed idea of moving to winter dates is discussed.

However, the Asian Football Confederation ...

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