Bahrain replaces Iraq as 2013 Gulf Cup host

AP, Wednesday 2 Nov 2011

Bahrain’s Olympic Committee says the Gulf kingdom has replaced Iraq as host of the 2013 Gulf Cup, angering the Iraqis

General secretary Sheik Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa says the decision to swap venues was made by the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, without disclosing a reason.

The 2013 Gulf Cup was originally awarded to Basra, Iraq’s second largest city, but Bahrain’s state-run media said Basra’s stadium and hotel construction were given a poor review by the GCC football committee.

Iraqi sports officials say the move is “unfair and unjust” and politically motivated.

As a majority Shiite country, Iraq has backed Shiite-led protests against Bahrain’s Sunni rulers this year.

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