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Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence
Aspire dome Doha.jpg
Full name ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence
Location Doha,
Qatar
Coordinates 25°16′0″N 51°26′37″E / 25.26667°N 51.44361°E / 25.26667; 51.44361Coordinates: 25°16′0″N 51°26′37″E / 25.26667°N 51.44361°E / 25.26667; 51.44361
Capacity Hall 1, 5,580 seats
Hall 2, 4,100 seats
Opened 2005
Tenants
Asian Games (Asian Olympics) (2006)
World Indoor Championships (Indoor Athletics) (2010)

The Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence is a sporting academy based in Qatar.

History[edit]

Over the years, it has received international acclaim and recognition.[1][2][3]

Senegal Academy[edit]

Aspire set up an Academy in Senegal in 2008-2009.[4]

One of the notable events they won was the 2011 Milk Cup, in which they defeated a Manchester United youth team 5-1.[5][6] They have also won the Ciocaria Cup in Italy.[7]

Controversies[edit]

There have been several controversies regarding the academy. One such controversy is the allegation that Qatar bought votes to host the 2022 World Cup with the academy, with critics stating that Aspire sent scouts to Thailand and Guatemala, countries with little footballing history, due to both countries having representation on the FIFA Executive Committee. In addition, Paraguay, one of the countries with a recently opened program, is home to CONMEBOL president Nicolas Leoz.[8] However, the statements were denied by Qatar.[9]

Most notably, there have been many allegations that Qatar plans to assimilate academy players into their 2022 World Cup squad.[10] This is bolstered by Qatar's lenient policy on naturalization of athletes for sports.[11][12]

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Luis Puig Palace
Valencia
IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics
Venue

2010
Succeeded by
Ataköy Athletics Arena
Istanbul
Preceded by
Sajik Baseball Stadium
Busan
Asian Games
Venue

2006
Succeeded by
Guangzhou Gymnasium
Guangzhou