<National Report> Amid mounting pressure to remove Qatar as the host of the 2022 World Cup, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has announced that they will initiate an abbreviated bidding process to identify an alternate host country. Due to impending time constraints, only countries that submitted bids previously will be considered. Previous bids will be reevaluated, and potential hosts will be able to submit a short update to their previously submitted bids. Current front runners are thought to be the United States and Australia.
Qatar has come under intense criticism for corruption during bidding processes and for maintaining unsafe construction environments, which have led to the death of migrant construction workers. These significant problems have led many to criticize FIFA for their decision to grant Qatar the hosting privilege for the 2022 World Cup. Many longstanding sponsors of the World Cup have called on FIFA to investigate more thoroughly investigate the alleged corruption and have even hinted that their sponsorships may be at stake.
FIFA has asked potential hosts to submit bid updates as soon as possible, with a final deadline of August 15th, 2014. The evaluation process has already begun, and a new site will be decided by October 1st, 2014.