If you haven’t heard about the controversy behind Qatar being chosen as the host country for the 2022 FIFA world cup by now then you must live under a rock or be an American. FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Futball Association) chooses the host country for their future world cups years ahead of time and when they selected Qatar as the host in 2010, skepticism broke out around the world. The main allegations following the decision were that the FIFA executive members accepted bribes from wealthy Qatari officials. It’s no secret that Qatar has billions of dollars in oil money and it also is no secret, to those who know a thing or two about the soccer world, that Qatar has never had a presence in the soccer community. So why did they want to host the World Cup so badly? What can they possibly gain from it? It’s not like they will suddenly have the inspiration to become the best international soccer team in the world, let alone the Middle East, or that they will gain much international recognition. Sure, maybe tourism will go up a bit but does that really matter? I believe that Qatar just wants its “5 minutes of fame”, as they say, to show the international community that they are wealthy and relevant. Tony Manfred from the Business Insider wrote an article titled 14 Reasons Why The Qatar World Cup Is Going To Be A Disaster that brings up a lot of the main problems with the controversy that I’m going to discuss. The first issue he mentions is the International Trade Union Confederation’s report that an estimated 4,000 migrant workers from Nepal
and India will die as a result of the harsh and dangerous conditions presented during construction of these massive stadiums. It has been recorded that over 1,200 migrant workers have already died. Manfred’s next two reasons trace bribery allegations directly to specific FIFA officials, most of whom have stepped down since then after having received millions of dollars from suspicious sources. Reason number five, ten, eleven, and twelve relate to the same issue, that issue being that it is 120 degrees during the summer in Qatar. Apparently Qatar promised to build futuristic air-conditioned facilities during the bidding process that have now been confirmed as impossible. With that, the games would have to be moved to winter which leads to an entirely new mess. If the games were in winter the European club leagues would have to reschedule their entire season, which results in needing to renegotiate hundreds of TV contracts. Players, especially the world class ones that play in Europe, benefit a lot more from playing for their club teams so they may just not participate in the World Cup at all. Manfred goes on to list a few more reasons as to why the Qatari World Cup would be a disaster but I believe I’ve made his and my point. The World Cup just can’t be held in Qatar for humanitarian, money, and practical reasons. I believe there should be a rebidding process that only gives countries with the least amount of projected problems a chance. Anyways, let me know what you think in the comment section. Do you think it’ll all workout? Do you agree or disagree with Manfred and myself? If so, why?