90 days away from the Qatar World Cup games, the glamourous games are subject to various questions, hesitations by fans and observers.
Qatar’s stadiums will sparkle, and the capital’s cityscape will be illuminated by vibrant hues. FIFA will have the show it wants, and Qatar will receive the exposure it wants on a significant international platform. Even better, the host will now enjoy the privilege to play the first game on November 20, a day earlier than originally scheduled.
The Qatar vs. Ecuador game will undoubtedly draw millions of viewers from across the world. By the way, the World Cup as the grandest global event is about to begin. About 100 days before the kickoff, FIFA altered the timetable to appease Qatar.
There are, nevertheless, still hesitations about the World Cup in Qatar among fans. There are lots of questions remained unanswered and many observers cast doubt on the quality of the upcoming event. To be clear, it seems that there isn’t any sense of anticipation this time against what we saw in families, football communities, and clubs.
Of course, football has its own place in the West, one that is rather glamorous. For many followers in the green continent, public presentations at the New Year market are not one of them. However, the tediously Eurocentric debate about the “winter World Cup” is irrelevant.
Qatar World Cup is seen more favorably in other places. The competition will be held by an Arab state as an unprecedented event, in an Islamic-majority nation of the Middle East
In nations like Morocco, Tunisia, or Egypt, football has a lengthy history and passionate followers. However, hosting a World Cup certainly wouldn’t be economical in these countries. Therefore, it makes sense that the Persian Gulf region has been chosen to conduct it.
Qatar World Cup; Not Anticipated
But doubt about the debut never really goes away. This is partly because the granting of the hosting rights was subject to manipulation. Also currently being investigated are Qatar’s sports-washing tactics and the condition of migrant labors.
Despite advancements made over time, the workers’ condition is still fragile, according to Amnesty International. Additionally, the World Cup’s organisational flaws are coming to light more and more.
Numerous ticket holders are still unsure of their accommodations. 100 thousand rooms will be accessible during the games in Qatar, including both hotels and innovative choices like tent cities and cruises.
But the number of spectators are anticipated is anticipated to exceed 300 thousand, particularly during the group round, in which all the teams will participate. An “airlift” is now in the conversation. On the day of games, fans are designed to travel in from neighboring countries and depart later in the same day after the match.
There will be over 150 shuttle flights daily which, in total, amounts to an excessive 3,520 flights than were initially intended.
What occurred to the pledge that this World Cup would need little travelling and be environment neutral? The issue of “green-washing” will be with us, in part because of the energy crisis in Europe brought on by the conflict in Ukraine. A fully air-conditioned stadium uses nearly as much energy every match as a city with about 7,000 residents does.
When FIFA broadcasts its glitzy images throughout the globe, all these dissenting calls will gradually go away. There will also be minimal support for a widespread boycott.
Activism against Qatar’s human rights condition will be coordinated, according to European organisations. However, it seems unlikely that they will succeed amidst the sparkling display. ‘Brave New World’ is the world of glitter and attraction.