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From Qatar controversy to Moroccan momentum: Sports diplomacy at the 2022 World Cup

By France24
09 December 2022   |   2:59 pm
From its numerous controversies to its diplomatic match-ups, the World Cup in Qatar has been a gold mine for anyone interested in the intersection between sports and diplomacy.

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