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Coffee, controversies and Qatar

The controversy surrounding the World Cup in Qatar has brought LGBTQ+ rights and the suffering of migrant workers in the small Persian Gulf nation squarely into the international limelight.

People all around the world have expressed strong opposition to the football football world cup that was being hosted in the nation at the time after the recent proposals made by the government to FIFA and how they implemented, it came to light. People have their own views on everything from how migrant workers were handled when constructing different football stadiums to the turmoil around LGBTQ+ rights. Here is what we have to say.

According to The Daily Mail, the Qatari offer for the competition included a variety of illogical ideas, such as air conditioning for the venues and floating "solar clouds" that would shade the field. These, quite predictably, proved to be impossible. Because of this, the average temperature of each match would have been at least 105 degrees, making it extremes for teams to play and crowds to watch.

Homosexuality, is illegal in Qatar. The topic of holding the FWC in Qatar should have ended matters there itself. However, the team did not take this idea into concern and what it's consequences might be before the matches began.

The German team protested by covering their lips with their hands during a team photo before their match against Japan after FIFA imposed restrictions on plans for some team leaders to wear "One Love" armbands supporting LGBTQ+ rights.

With a picture of the protest, the German national team wrote on Twitter, "Denying us the armband is the same as denying us a voice." It continued, "We stand by our viewpoint."

Source: Twitter, German team.

The article published on The Guardian by Jim Murphy, the UK's shadow secretary for international development, stated:

"People don't have to die to bring us this or any other World Cup or sporting event; not a single worker died building the sites for the London 2012 Olympics. According to the International TUC, the 2022 World Cup risks 4,000 lives...Fifa must receive a full report from Qatar, cataloguing the full scale of the problem—and a serious plan to make things right. Nothing less will do. The shortcomings in the current system leave too many vulnerable people exposed. Qatar has come an incredibly long way in the last twenty years, and there have been real advances that should not be ignored. But the simple fact is that the conditions faced by some of these workers – and no-one is suggesting it's every single one—fall within the International Labour Organisation's definition of forced labour."

We can all agree that no lives should be lost in the process of organising a sporting event of this kind. As he correctly said, no one died in  the 2012 London Olympics in the same way the FIFA World Cup should not have had any fatalities.

With that, FIFA 2022's path was one of ups and downs, happiness and a tinge of sadness. Messi won the cup for Argentina, and Mbappé received the golden boot. It was a really challenging match.


Written and Illustrated by Anvi Kedia

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