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|Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence|
|Full name||ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence|
|Capacity||Hall 1, 5,580 seats
Hall 2, 4,100 seats
|Asian Games (Asian Olympics) (2006)
World Indoor Championships (Indoor Athletics) (2010)
The Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence is a sporting academy based in Qatar.
Aspire set up an Academy in Senegal in 2008-2009.
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. However, the statements were denied by Qatar.
Most notably, there have been many allegations that Qatar plans to assimilate academy players into their 2022 World Cup squad. This is bolstered by Qatar's lenient policy on naturalization of athletes for sports.
- Gulf-Times - Messi lauds facilities at Aspire Academy
- QFA - FC Bayern Munich to camp in Aspire Academy
- Backpagefootball.com - Aspire Academy: Qatar's Futuer of Football
- prnewswire.co.uk - ASPIRE Africa. Football Dreams
- BBC.co.uk - Qataris Aspire hammer Man Utd in Milk Cup Premier final
- QFA.com - Aspire Academy thrashed Man Utd in Milk Cup Final
- Ghanaweb.com - 'Aspire Football Dreams 95' wins Ciociaria Cup
- Top10Soccer.org - Qatar bought world cup votes with youth academies
- Thesportcount.com - Qatar Claims It Did Not Buy World Cup :: One More Tour de France Accident
- Dohanews.co - Football Dreams… might be a bet hedged against World Cup embarrassment.
- CNN - The football 'invaders from Brazil'
- Persianfootball.com - Qatar relies on naturalized players, Queiroz says
Luis Puig Palace
|IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics
Ataköy Athletics Arena
Sajik Baseball Stadium