Lots of criticism received FIFA for giving the 2022 World Cup to be hosted by Qatar. The nation has an insignificant football culture, but that is not the biggest problem.
Stadiums, training sites and other world cup related facilities are being built by an army of migrant workers living mostly in bad conditions. The estimates say about 31 000 labor workers being involved in the constructions since the wealthy nation surprisingly won the right to stage the football event.
With the huge number of construction workers it seems the death toll of 10 people as a insignificant number. The proposed improvements such as wage increase (from £158 to £195) do not really target the problem. The work conditions and protection is to be improved and there is already the Supreme Committee taking a closer look at the issue.
Are we overreacting?
From the distance of thousands of miles we can never know what exactly is going on. Let’s not repeat what the mainstream media claims. The truth could be better but could be even worse.
Rumors say about taking passports so the workers are forced to work in bad conditions for very little money. Rumors say about the bribing the FIFA delegates to assign the cup to Qatar. But all those are hopefully just rumors. Just remember the World cup 2018 in Russia. In connection with the doping scandal, Russia should have never hosted such an important event. Rumors were saying quite a lot, but it ended up being one of the best World cups in history.
Qatar is trying to do their best to make it an unforgettable event. There are always problems in things this big, but could England do it better? Let’s end with something positive. The World Cup starts November 21st and goes to December 18th. The average temperatures in Doha are on average pleasant 26°C.