Great to be back presenting the sports news on Al Jazeera today. As usual we covered many different stories such as Baseball's World Series, Miami Heat's new NBA season, Manchester United's surprise defeat to Middlesbrough and a hole-in-one in Malaysia.
It was also interesting to run part of the 'Upfront' interview with Qatar's foreign minister. Here is part of the press release associated to the clip we ran:
On the subject of Qatar’s hosting of 2022 World Cup, the country’s foreign minister claimed workers’ rights “are improving” and, when asked what his response was to English Football Association chief Greg Dyke’s prediction that Qatar would be stripped of the World Cup, responded: “I want to see his face when we host the 2022.”
“We deserve to have a 2022 World Cup in Qatar, an Arabic state…an Islamic country. The Arabic region needs such a tournament for the youth of the Arab region and I think we deserve to have one.”
The whole interview will be at 1930GMT on Al Jazeera on Friday.