Doha in the oil and natural gas rich state of Qatar takes center stage in the world of sport today as the 2011 Asian Cup kicks off this evening.
Meanwhile on the tennis courts Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are battling it out in the Qatar Open.
In a different type of court, the International Cricket Council's spot fixing inquiry into claims against three Pakistani cricketers is being held in Doha.
Ex-captain Salman Butt and pace duo Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir pleaded not guilty to charges of bowling no-balls to order in last summer's test series in England.
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