The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar, has announced that it is pleased the bid has had its name cleared amid reports of corruption.
Serious questions were raised over the ethics of the bid that led to the Middle Eastern country winning the rights to host the competition, with accusations of corruption against Qatar and Russia, who will welcome the 2018 edition of the competition.
A two-year inquest was completed with the publication of the report in September 2014, though the full contents were not made public until Tuesday, following a leak to German newspaper Bild.
While the Qatari committee were apparently displeased by the manner in which the report was finally revealed, they are satisfied everything is now out in the open.
“Although we question the timing of the leak, we welcome the publication of the Garcia report,” they said in a statement.
“We believe that the extent of our cooperation with this investigation and the conclusions drawn represent a vindication of the integrity of our bid.
“We will continue to dedicate ourselves toward delivering on the promises we made during our bid and hosting an historic first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East.”