Since ages now, The FIFA World cup has been one of the most loved and watched international football championship. First held in 1930, these games have come a long way and when football fans are super eager and excited for the upcoming 21st edition of the games to be held in 2018 at Russia, preparations have already kick started for the 22nd edition at Qatar in 2022, Scheduled from 21 November – 18 December 2022, a football fiesta that shall go on for 28 days, is always a treat to watch, where 32 teams, from 4-5 federations shall be competing for the ultimate football world cup, that is FIFA.
Journey for Qatar as the host country for the FIFA world cup has gone through ups and downs. let’s look at the top 10 facts related to the 22nd FIFA World Cup:
10. Cost is an issue.
Obviously a great amount of money would be required in order to execute the FIFA international World cup, which is estimated around £138 billion (US$220 billion) for Qatar. It is expected that a township cum city called ‘Lusail’ shall be built around the stadium that will host the opening and final matches, including the expenditure on transportation facilities, building air-conditioned stadiums, training facilities would take a great toll on government expenditure. This amount shall be 60 times of what South Africa had spent on the 2010 International FIFA tournament. Some reports even suggest that organizers have requested the FIFA board to approve 8-9 stadiums instead of 12, so as to cut down costs and Sepp Blatter, the then president of FIFA had suggested in 2010 that countries neighboring Qatar could conduct some of the matches, for the same.
9. Relocating the Pre-World Cup test event.
It is traditional to hold The Pre-test Cup event in the same country that is hosting the main event but it shall not be the same this time. The 2021 Confederations Cup, declared that the Pre-test can’t be held at Qatar because of the heat and also because of the fact that the country needs to build all of the infrastructure for the World Cup from scratch, which would not be done by the time of the pre-test. As a result, FIFA officials say that the pre-test tournament will be held somewhere else in Asia.
8. Extreme climate.
Climatic conditions in the peninsular desert region of Arab Nations such as Qatar are known to all. Dry, humid and extremely hot summers are too difficult to handle, where the average daytime exceeds 50 °C (120 °F) and the average daily low temperatures not dropping below 30 °C (86 °F). As is known the FIFA World Cup always takes place during the European off-season in June and July, but it is because of the harsh climate in Qatar that the games shall be postponed to winter. In response to this issue, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the 2022 Qatar bid chairman, tried to resolve this by considering to take the help of technology to counter the harsh weather, but it was rather found better to shift the games itself.
7. A Sober world cup this time.
Law in Qatar prohibits consumption of alcohol in public places, one can’t even carry it around and it is available only at licensed hotel restaurants and bars. Hassan Abdulla al Thawadi, chief executive of the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid, said that permission for alcohol consumption during the event, would be granted in the form of establishment of Specific fan-zones where alcohol can be bought and other extensions shall also be made in order be more flexible.
6. Trouble for homosexual fans.
As per law, Homosexual acts between adult females and adult males in public are both illegal in Qatar. No legal recognition of same-sex marriages or any sort of domestic partnership benefits exists in the country. Keeping in mind the above, before Sepp Blatter had resigned he requested the LGBT community not indulge in any homosexual acts, while in Qatar for the world cup, in order to obey the country’s rules and regulations and maintain peace, but, certainly this shall call for worldwide protests from the LGBT community. In the above context, one of the Dutch Parliament members, proposed that the Dutch football team play in pink, instead of the country’s national colour, orange, to protest the gay rights situation in Qatar.
5. Work Abuse In Qatar.
Qatar has faced strong criticism due to the treatment of foreign workers and laboures involved in preparation for the World Cup, workers have been suffering human rights abuses, despite worker welfare standards being drafted in 2014. Humans rights watch and the International Trade Union Confederation allege that the Kafala system leaves migrant workers vulnerable to systematic abuse, which is actually supposed to monitor migrant laborers, working primarily in the construction and domestic sectors.
4. Resignation of FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
In lieu of the Qatar bid controversy president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation in a hastily arranged news conference in Zurich. He said “FIFA needs profound restructuring,” when he announced that a special election would be held between December 2015 and March 2016 to appoint his successor. Meanwhile, Blatter is being investigated by the FBI and U.S. prosecutors.
3. Controversy of the Bid.
The bid to host the 22nd edition of the games was done in 2010 and Qatar officials are accused of wrongdoing. Allegations are held against Qatar officials in an email that has been publicised about the possibility that Qatar ‘bought’ the 2022 World cup bid to host the games through bribery via Mohammed bin Hammam who was president of the Asian football Confederation in 2010. Further brought to light by The Sunday Times which claimed to have obtained documents including e-mails, letters and bank transfers containing proof that Bin Hammam had paid more than 5 million US dollars to FIFA officials to support the Qatar bid. Although the Qatar’s have denied any wrongdoing including Bin Hamman and all those accused of accepting bribes denied the charges, an FBI probe is on.
2. First Winter FIFA Tournament.
WINTER FIFA World Cup sounds strange, since that games were always held during summer that is in the month of June or July, but history shall change its course for the first time when the 2022 FIFA will be held in the month of November or December.A number of reasons support not holding the 22nd world cup in june or july, where the First and foremost being that Qatar summers are brutually cruel and harsh of each and everyone to tolerate and the july dates would also clash with the 2022 Winter Olympics. On the other hand, concerns are expressed over a November or December FIFA event, because it shall be the Christmas season and also the time for Americans leagues such NFL and The Super Bowl .
1. First ever Arab FIFA.
History shall be made when Qatar would host the 22nd FIFA tournament since this is the first time the World Cup will be held in the Middle East, and in an Arab and a Muslim country.The then FIFA officials including President, Sepp Blatter endorsed the idea of having a World Cup in the Arab World, saying in April 2010: “The Arabic world deserves a World Cup. They have 22 countries and have not had any opportunity to organize the tournament”, and then when Qatar won the hosting bid, it the news was made public on 2 December 2010 and it was announced that Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.