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Sunday, 31 July 2011

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Qatar have added to their winning of the World Cup with a remarkable win of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

"We believe that Qatar will offer a new and exciting Winter Olympics," said Jurgen Jorgensen, chairperson of the Winter Olympic Committee. "Currently they have none of the facilities in place that are required, but they have promised that by 2022 there will be everything required in place. They put together such an intelligent bid that we felt we couldn't turn it down."

One of the main ingredients currently missing in Qatar that many believe to be essential for a Winter Olympics is snow.

"Jorgensen must have been bribed," said Seb Coe, who had been running Scotland's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. "I kept my tongue over what I thought about the World Cup, but this is ridiculous. Qatar is hot and flat all year round. They might be able to do something about the flat, but the hot is there to stay."

Jorgensen denies any impropriety in the bidding process.

"Although as part of the bidding process, every Olympic Committee member was allowed to keep the things the Qatar bid team used in their bid proposal, such as the Barbados house we stayed at, there was no bribing," said Jorgensen. "Their bid is above board.

"Qatar have demonstrated that for the first time in the history of the Winter Olympics," said Jorgensen, "we will have snow and warm sunshine. Finally those sunglasses will be necessary. They will be importing the finest snow in from around the world to make this the best Winter Olympics ever. There will be purpose built stadiums and athlete's village. Everything looks phenomenal."

"It will be the wettest Winter Olympics ever," said Coe. "The competitors will be water skiing and surfing. I hope the athletes are bringing their swimming costumes."

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