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            AUSTRALIA                                                                          RUSSIA                              QATAR                             SAUDI ARABIA

            SA DROPS PLANS FOR                                   RUSSIA HAS SUBMITTED A BID                                        IAAF WORLD                        SAUDI CUP

            ADELAIDE COMMONWEALTH                             TO HOST THE FIFA BEACH SOCCER                                        CHAMPS ‘A                         RICHEST HORSE RACE

            GAMES BID                                                           WORLD CUP IN 2021                                  DISTASTER’                        IN HISTORY

                                                                 It joins Chile and El Salvador who have                              The verdict on the  IAAF World   The Saudi Cup will become the richest horse race in history
               Commonwealth Games Australia                    also submitted bids.                                                Championships in Doha in September   when its inaugural edition takes place in the Saudi Arabian
            expressed its disappointment after the               This year’s Beach Soccer World Cup                                appears damning and worrying for the   capital of Riyadh next February.
            South Australian Government decided                will be held in the Paraguayan capital of                           World Cup in 2022.                  The total prize purse has been confirmed at US$20m
            to drop a proposed Adelaide-led bid for            Asuncion from November 21 to December                                    No atmosphere,               (€18m), with half of that going to the winning horse and the
            the 2026 Commonwealth Games amid                   1. The defending champion is Brazil,                                collapsing athletes,              remainder of the top ten finishers sharing another US$10m
            concerns over the cost of staging the multi-       which picked up its 14th title at the 2017                          environmental catastrophe         between them.
            sport event.                                       tournament in the Bahamas.                                          according to reports of the         The prize money eclipses the previous global record of US$16m, set by the
               A feasibility study into a bid was launched in March,                                                               IAAF World Championships          Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park, Florida in 2018. It also surpasses the US$12m
                                                                 The tournament launched in 1995 as the Beach Soccer
            but independent analysis of the economics of staging the   World Championship, before falling under Fifa’s operation   in Doha.                          mark set by the title race at the Dubai World Cup, although that event remains the
            Games in Adelaide put the total cost at around Aus$3.5bn   in 2005 when it was rebranded as the Beach Soccer World        French decathlete Kevin Mayer   richest meet, with total prize money available of US$35m.
            (€2.1bn/$2.4bn) while the economic benefit was only   Cup. Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach staged every              labeled these World Championships   On the announcement of the race, Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, the
            projected to be around Aus$1.2bn.                  edition up to 2007 before the competition headed to                 a “disaster.” Belarusian runner Volha   chairman of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, said: “The introduction of the Saudi
               The state government said it would not progress with a                                                              Mazuronak finds the behaviour of the   Cup as an international race is without doubt the most significant event in the
            bid due to the lack of key sporting infrastructure needed,   France in 2008.                                           IAAF “disrespectful.” Retired German   history of horse racing in Saudi Arabia, and demonstrates our resolve to develop
                                                                 Other countries to have hosted since then include
            along with the advice which revealed the event would   United Arab Emirates, Italy, French Polynesia and Portugal.     discus thrower Robert Harting has
            not provide an economic benefit for the South Australian                                                               called conditions in Qatar “abnormal.”
            economy.                                                                                                               Italian marathon runner Sara Dossena
               The Marshall Liberal Government has consistently                                                                    spoke of her “terrible” experience after
            said it would not progress with a bid which did not                                                                    collapsing mid-race.
            provide a benefit to taxpayers and stated it will instead                                                                 Add to this the environmental
            push forward with the State Sporting Infrastructure Plan,                                                              issues. Cold air is blown into the Khalifa
            which will identify key investment areas needed for South                                                              Stadium with elaborate technology
            Australian facilities.                                                                                                 — and, through a huge hole in the
                                                                                                                                   roof, new air is constantly added from
                                                                                                                                   outside. The CO2 footprint of the

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