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    DOHA, Qatar - Qatars sports minister says the 2022 World Cup will set a benchmark of excellence that will be almost impossible to beat and promised in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press that the Gulf nation will implement labour reforms in the next few months. Discount Ecco Shoes Sale .Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali also insisted that Qatar wouldnt jeopardize its hosting of the World Cup and ambitions of being at the front and centre of sports by funding terrorism.He was vague on whether alcohol will be sold inside World Cup stadiums and how gay fans will be welcomed at the 2022 tournament.The minister left no doubt that Qatar wants its World Cup — financed with vast oil-and-gas wealth — to stun the world. He said the Middle East needs something like this. Its hope. Its giving the youth in this region really a positive event that can change a lot of their hopes and dreams.Qatars name is now a brand related to quality, to luxury. We will not jeopardize this brand (by) holding a World Cup that is not successful, the minister said. He anticipated that on opening night in 2022, hell be saying to himself: God help the country that will host the World Cup after us.Really. I will stick to that. You will see that we will put a benchmark that is going to be almost impossible to beat.On allegations that Qatar supports the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and other extremists, al-Ali insisted it would make no sense for a country that wants to hold the World Cup and big events almost every year to be financing terror.This is ridiculous, the minister said. The countrys ruling emir has also said Qatar doesnt support terrorists, but the minister expanded on the reasoning for that.Citing the example of Afghanistan, which became an al-Qaida and Taliban stronghold after the United States armed and financed anti-Soviet fighters there in the 1980s, the minister said: If you support any terrorist group it will not bring you any good. It is only going to haunt you one day.So we dont believe in that, we dont do that, he said. We are not ready anyway to take that risk because we know its dangerous for us.But it was al-Alis vigorous insistence that Qatar will tackle the ill-treatment of migrant workers which stood out most in the 90-minute interview in a luxury hotel overlooking the Aspire sports academy in Doha, the capital, where young players who will make up Qatars 2022 squad are being hot-housed.Qatar qualifies automatically for the tournament as hosts.The minister said his own father worked as a 12-year-old labourer in the oil industry in very hard conditions that today would be like child abuse.We understand this problem. For us, its a human question, he said. Qataris arent vicious people who are like vampires, he added. We have emotions, we feel bad.Human rights groups have documented ill-treatment in Qatar of migrant workers from Asia and Africa and conditions they say amount to forced labour.Critics accuse Qatars government of being slow to act and warn that labourers flooding into the country to build World Cup stadiums, rail networks, roads, hotels and other massive public works will be vulnerable to abuse if Qatar doesnt change and better enforce its laws. Such problems arent unique to Qatar and have long been an issue across the Gulf, but the World Cup has shone the spotlight on the 2022 host.We are under focus now which, OK, its tough, al-Ali said. It is something that really needs big, big work from us. But we are really tackling this problem face-to-face. We are not hiding.Although World Cup organizers introduced mandatory welfare obligations for contractors in the last year, changes to the labour law were only proposed by the Qatari government in May.Al-Ali said those reforms have now been through cabinet and will get final approval in the next few months.Critics say the changes dont go far enough. But al-Ali said Qatars measures could drive change across the Gulf, perhaps even upsetting some neighbours.It is going to be good for not only the labourers in Qatar but in the whole region, which might upset some people.On other issues:—Al Ali said creative solutions can be found to allow alcohol sales to visiting World Cup fans. For now, alcohol is only sold in selected Doha hotels and visitors must show their passports to enter these bars. Residents with a license to shop there can also buy alcohol in a government-run store. But World Cup organizer FIFA has a sponsorship deal with a brewer and it leaned on Brazil, the last tournament host, to allow beer sales in its 2014 World Cup stadiums. Asked specifically about alcohol in 2022 stadiums, the minister offered no guarantee.In the hotels and many areas we have alcohol but we have also our own system that people need to respect, he said. As we bid for 2022, we will respect all the rules and regulations by FIFA. We can study this and minimize the impact on our people and tradition. I think we can be creative, finding solutions for all of this. But we respect all the rules and regulations.—Asked how gay people will be welcomed in 2022, al-Ali replied: Its exactly like the alcohol question.He said Qatar doesnt want to create this impression, illusion that we dont care about our tradition and our ethical values ... We are studying all these issues. We can adapt, we can be creative to have people coming and enjoying the games without losing the essence of our culture and respecting the preference of the people coming here. I think there is a lot we can do.—The minister minimized the impact of an apparent sports boycott by two of Qatars neighbours, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. They are pulling teams from the mens World Handball Championships that Qatar is hosting in January. This follows the withdrawal of their ambassadors from Doha in March. They and Saudi Arabia, which also withdrew its ambassador, are unhappy with Qatars support of Islamist groups across the region.Still, al-Ali insisted that the handball tournament is going to be very successful and said sports should unite nations.It makes me happy when people use sports to solve differences and get together and away from politics.___Rob Harris can be followed at and John Leicester at  href="" target="_blank">Cheap Ecco Shoes Online ." The game can be seen live on TSN starting with Monday Night Countdown at 6:30 p.m et/3:30 p.m. pt. The Patriots, who had a bye in Week 10, will look to continue the offensive success they had a week earlier when New England scored 55 points and racked up 610 yards of total offense in a 55-31 drubbing of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ecco Shoes Wholesale . "I could have been equipment manager but nooooo" from Lisa on Ice. Season 6, Episode 8.EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning is on the New York Giants injury report for the first time in more than two years and seems to be embarrassed by it.He says its a formality and he practiced as usual on Wednesday.I dont know if I really deserve to be on an injury report, Manning said. They kind of told me they had to list something, so I said: OK I really cant control that.The Giants reported that Manning had a back injury, marking the first time the 33-year-old quarterback has been on the list since developing a stomach bug a couple days before the NFC championship game against San Francisco in January 2012.Manning, who has started 164 straight games — NFLs longest active streak — said his inclusion was to comply with the NFLs rules on reporting injuries.If I was truly injured that would be fine, Manning said. I dont consider myself injured now.Manning spent a little extra time in the trainers room following the Giants 36-7 win over Tennessee Sunday. He took the majority of snaps at practice for Sundays game against the Washington Redskins.I feel good. Coach wanted to take a few reps off. It wont limit me in my practices for the week or the game, he said.Manning has played through a lot of injuriies in his 11 years in the league, with a foot injury in 2009 the most serious in recent years. Cheap Ecco Shoes. . He sprained one of his ankles in the final game of last season, but had the entire off-season to get better.I want to be there for my teammates. I want to be there for the organization, he said. I know we have a lot of guys who are banged up and hurting, but they are there practicing, they are there playing on Sundays.Most of Manning teammates did not know he was on the injury report.Never worry about that guy, fullback Henry Hynoski said.NOTES: Rookie LB Devon Kennard was named the NFC defensive player of the week after recording two sacks, a forced fumble that resulted in a touchdown and six tackles against Tennessee. ... 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