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Russia and Qatar selected to host World Cups

Posted by Sara | Opinion | Tuesday 7 December 2010 3:57 am

Russia and Qatar selected to host World Cups

Russia and Qatar have been selected as the host nations for World Cup 2018 and 2022, respectively, by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).

The 22 members of the FIFA executive committee casted their votes in favor of Russia and Qatar on Thursday, Dec 2 to select the host nations.

From News.oneindia.in:

Russia won the bid with a tough competition from England, and the combine bid of Spain

-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium.

“You have entrusted us with FIFA World Cup for 2018, and I just can promise, we all can promise you will never regret. Let us make history together,” Russia’s deputy prime minister, Igor Shuvalov said after winning the bid.

The middle East desert nation Qatar is the smallest country to host the World Cup. It bagged the 2022 bid from other candidates, United States, Australia, Japan and Korea.

“Thank you for believing in change, thank you for believing in expanding the game, thank you for giving Qatar a chance, and we will not let you down. You will be proud of us, you will be proud of the Middle East and I promise you this,” the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Thani, said.

Both these nation have never hosted the World Cup, which is believed to be one of the biggest sporting events in the world.

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Online Shopping on a high after recession

Posted by Sara | Online Presence,Online Shopping | Monday 21 June 2010 6:30 am

Online Shopping on a high after recessionAccording to the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, online shopping reached its highest growth since June 2008. This massive boost is attributed to the warm weather and the World Cup.

IMRG spokeswoman Tina Spooner said the e-retail market in the United Kingdom has grown 14 percent that is in line with predictions for the year.

From Thescotsman.scotsman.com:

The index shows a 3 per cent sales increase in May, compared to April this year.

Preparations for the World Cup appear to have played their part, with alcohol sales up 23 per cent compared to last year and electrical goods up 13 per cent.

Online clothing sales rose in May, up 32 per cent compared to last year, fuelled by sportswear buying and warmer weather.

Capgemini spokesman Chris Webster said: “Throughout the history of the index we have seen a noticeable rise in sales of certain goods whenever there is a major sports tournament on.

“This year’s World Cup is no exception, with online retail as a whole growing by the highest level in two years and sectors such as clothing, alcohol and electricals rising rapidly.

E–retailers have already started to benefit from an increase in consumer spending as consumers are now confident of the economy as recession is now almost over.

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