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Qatar set to host Formula One race
Last Updated: 2015-02-08 20:20 | Xinhua
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Qatar is about to sign a contract to host a Formula One Grand Prix within the next two years, the president of the country's motor sport federation said on Sunday.

Nasser bin Khalifa al-Attiyah, who is also the Vice-President of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), said the race would be held in 2016 or 2017.

"We are about to sign contracts to organize a Formula One race," he said, "We have completed all the steps and there are only a few details before the official signature."

Al-Attiyah added that Qatar would offer the choice of two circuits on which to race, either in Lusail which has already hosted Moto GP and World Superbike events, or a specially-designed street course through the capital Doha.

Qatar is ploughing billions of dollars into sporting events and has won the right to host the 2022 World Cup and was also recently awarded the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

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