- Title: JAPAN: FOOTBALL/SOCCER - Japan disappointed at losing out on 2022 World Cup
- Date: 3rd December 2010
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (DECEMBER 3, 2010) (REUTERS) JAPAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (JFA) BUILDING SIGN THAT READS IN ENGLISH "JAPAN FOOTBALL" JFA STAFF WATCHING CEREMONY TO ANNOUNCE WORLD CUP BID WINNERS MAN WATCHING CEREMONY PEOPLE WATCHING CEREMONY PEOPLE EXPRESSING DISAPPOINTMENT OVER LOSING BID MAN STARING AT TV AFTER LOSING BID VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE JAPAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION KUNIYA DAINI BEING INTERVIEWED (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE JAPAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION KUNIYA DAINI SAYING: "We don't believe that there was anything wrong with Japan's bid. I feel that Qatar won based on other aspects." PEOPLE WATCHING FIFA ANNOUNCEMENT CEREMONY
- Embargoed: 18th December 2010 12:00
- Location: Japan
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVA487LQJX9GJNIOFCAX5CLNZ7OK
- Story Text: Japan expresses disappointment at losing out to Qatar on bid to host 2022 World Cup.
Members of Japan's Football Association (JFA) in Tokyo expressed their disappointment in the early hours of Friday (December 3) after Japan lost its bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
Japan's bid competed against Australia, South Korea, the United States and the winner, Qatar.
Over 50 members of the JFA packed in to watch the announcement live and expressed their disappointment after Japan lost out on hosting the lucrative event.
"We don't believe that there was anything wrong with Japan's bid. I feel that Qatar won based on other aspects," JFA vice chairman Kuniya Daini said after hearing the results.
Japan won praise when they co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with South Korea and they were banking on cutting-edge technology, including live 3D telecasts of matches, to tilt the balance in the country's favour.
FIFA's executive committee voted for the winning bid after a fierce lobbying campaign which saw world political leaders and top sports personalities gather in Zurich to press their case for one of the most prestigious and lucrative prizes in global sport.
The voting process took place against a highly charged background after British media outlets made allegations of corruption against a number of FIFA's executive committee members.
The executive committee, reduced to 22 after two were suspended over the allegations, voted in secret.
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