The Aspire Academy’s listed mission statement is to “develop well educated sports champions” and “foster Qatar society realizing a healthy, active lifestyle.”
The Qatari government founded Aspire in 2003, building a state-of-the-art sports complex in Doha with the aim of identifying and training athletes from the tiny Gulf nation so that they could compete on the global stage.
The organization was not initially a part of the Qatar 2022 World Cup bidding process, as it was established much earlier, but according to the newly released FIFA corruption investigation report, bid officials “pulled Aspire into the orbit of the bid in significant ways.”
Former FIFA investigator Michael Garcia ultimately ruled that Aspire helped “undermine the integrity of the bidding process.”
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