The headline pretty much sums what many people feel, including myself. While it is great to think outside the box and let other countries partake in the hosting—- this is ludicrous! The tiny yet wealthy nation shocked fans as we learned that they will be in charge of the World Cup 2022.
Let’s start off—-World Cup 2022 will be in December. Yes ho, ho ho, Merry Christmas. Typically the WC is in June, it syncs well with the leagues and clubs, however, due to the extreme heat players cannot be expected to play in those months in Qatar. Leagues will need to start rearranging schedules.
Second—we should learn from the past to avoid making the same mistake over and over again. How many times have we seen massive stadiums be built for one-time events, then just left abandoned? It happened recently in Brasil, where the government was not able to upkeep the maintenance of stadiums used during the last WC. They end up just taking up space and resources. Now Qatar, with a population of about 2.6 million, will be building 9 stadiums and rebuilding 2. Qatar has declared that they will be building the stadiums with zero-carbon emission. This is an infrastructure issue that only time will tell if it becomes a failure.
Third on my list—these stadiums cannot be built overnight. Hard, intense labor is also a part of the construction. There are many concerns from organizations, such as Human Rights Watch, that have brought up Qatar’s modern day slave-system (known as kafala) for migrant workers as simply abusive. Qatar’s government has promised to improve this condition, however, reports are still surfacing from deaths at construction sites and the withholding of checks to workers.
Most recently, there have been tensions between Qatar and the neighboring countries. With terrorist organizations already threatening professional players, fans must take into consideration how much of a risk attending the WC will be. There is an ongoing investigation over the bidding process and corruption, there might still be time to change the host country.
Last but not least, women can sit and watch a game in the stadium, right? Maybe have a beer? I mean it is 2017, soon 2018, so there should be no problem.