The Asian Cup begins in Qatar today providing a preview to the world’s biggest dance in 2022.
Can the tiny oil and gas rich country start turning around the skepticism that greeted it’s shock selection? How about their national team – a usual joke even with its neighbours? Can Brian Metsu make them competitive? How will they handle the issue of indentured labour that regularly gets them into trouble with human rights organizations? Will they make allowances to the LGBT community to express themselves openly since homosexuality comes under their blasphemy laws? Will they relax rules that forbid alcohol in public spaces? And the heat, oh the heat! Even winter brings on a milder version of sunstroke.