Let’s face it: football is an unbelievably popular sport, and if your country had the chance to host one of the biggest global football events in the world, you would hope that they jumped at the chance. This is exactly what many nations did for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup events, with governments ranging from South Korea to Russia through to England and Japan’s putting in bids to host an event that will either put them on the map or at least bring an influx of attention from tourists and a boost to that country’s economy.
No bid was as controversial as that of Qatar however, and the success of this bid was even more baffling in circumstance and reason. The exact circumstances surrounding Qatar’s bid aren’t fully known, but suffice it to say that in spite of a range of factors that would ordinarily discourage or even preclude the nation from hosting the World Cup, their bid was deemed successful by FIFA officials, but was met with strong suspicion and heavy investigation thereafter. Here are just a few reasons why Qatar may not be the right choice, and a few alternatives for hosting the 2022 World Cup.
Firstly, Qatar is a less-than-ideal selection for hosting the 2022 world cup, not least because of the stifling heat that will befall players from all nations, even those used to extremely humid or hot environments. The World Cup is always held in the European off-season (June-July), and this time of year in Qatar sees temperatures averaging at around 40 degrees Celsius, rarely dipping below 30 even at cooler times of the day. This is clearly a problem for Qatar and therefore for the players since the stadium and facilities will be heavily reliant on state-of-the-art cooling systems. Fifa’s playing football in the heat page prescribes additional hydration breaks if the weather is over 32 degree Celcius, so the temperature it will likely be in Qatar would be well beyond acceptable limits for players.
Qatar may be able to afford to provide facilities such as air conditioning, but there is also the argument that it is wrong to choose a hosting nation that isn’t already equipped to host such a large event, with the Winter Olympics in Russia being a prime example of shoddy facilities and ill-preparedness; we do not want this kind of situation in 2022. Furthermore, Qatar really isn’t much of a football country in the first place. There are only 10 clubs and no stadiums for football yet, so why should this nation play host to the World Cup? Taking the example of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, only 10% of the entire 3 million spectators were tourists that came over; the remaining fans were local. Anyone that thinks Qatar will draw more overseas fans is simply in denial or refuses to face the facts, which point towards 2022 in Qatar being a very under-populated event.
With so many reasons against Qatar hosting the 2022 world cup and not one single good reason as to why they should, it seems baffling that they won the bid in the first place. It is well known that the first election was a dirty affair with lots of corruption, and this is merely another reason why Qatar shouldn’t be considered for the honour. You can read more reasons against Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup at http://fifathinkagain.com/.
Qatar quite clearly wasn’t the ideal choice for anyone apart from Qatar, and there were many alternatives available that have the passion for football, the existing infrastructure for hosting such a large event, and who weren’t involved in any sort of underhanded dealing or corruption.
The USA were actually the initial bidders for the 2022 World Cup, and it came as a great surprise to all that Qatar was chosen over the most powerful country on the face of the Earth. Even though the USA were hosts in 1994, the 2022 World Cup would have fans flocking from all over the world as well as across its own lands to come and be a part of the event, and the sheer number of stadia this country already has is astounding, and their impressiveness just counts towards the impressive nature of an infrastructure that is more than ready to host another World Cup.
Australasia itself has never hosted a football World Cup, and even though Qatar hasn’t either, it’s difficult to argue the merit of the latter over the former. Bringing the World Cup to the continent would definitely be a good move, but the temperatures would be similar to those in Qatar at the time of the year that the World Cup is held, making Australia a less worthy choice than others.
Though South Korea and Japan were alongside the above-mentioned countries in their bids for the World Cup, these two Asian Nations have too recently joint-hosted the Asian World Cup, but England? It hasn’t been hosted there since 1966 and England did bid for the 2018 World Cup. It isn’t like England doesn’t have the infrastructure: there are plenty of stadia, a ridiculous number of football fans, and if any more proof is needed of England’s ability to host a large event, they just successfully hosted the 2012 Olympics.