Controversy in Qatar!

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When a lot of people might disagree with something, the situation can be described as being controversial.

The decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is controversial because lots of people say that the country should not be allowed to because of its bad human rights record. For example, Qatar has strict laws against the LGBTQ community, journalists have been jailed for speaking out against the government and, in the build up to the tournament, workers have been treated badly.

Others have said that Qatar isn’t the right host country for the World Cup because it’s also very hot, which means the whole event had to be moved from the summer to the winter, when the temperatures are more manageable.

However, despite calls for FIFA to change its mind about Qatar hosting, the World Cup is going ahead. The governing body argues that Qatar won the chance to host in a FIFA election and that it's good for a new country to host - especially as this is the first Middle Eastern country to host a World Cup ever.

Some people have also said that an event in the country would draw attention to human-rights abuses, and therefore encourage the government to change its ways. In fact, the pressure of the event has already caused Qatar to change some of its labour laws - for example, by bringing in a minimum wage and letting workers switch employers without permission. Critics say these changes are not enough, but without the World Cup, it's unlikely any changes would have been made at this stage.


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  • cooperative_dolphin | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 17 Nov 2022

    I agree because... I see that the State of Qatar is not suitable and qualified to receive fans and players, I think that traveling to the Middle East is not safe in November and Qatar is not the appropriate host country for the World Cup because it is also very hot, which may make it difficult for football players.
    What can people or teams do if they disagree with where to host an event?
    They would sit and watch it at home and watch the World Cup, because they didn't feel it was safe to go."

  • remarkable_philosophy | Shohour Public High School | Lebanon 17 Nov 2022

    After making my researches, Qatar used over 200 billion dollars to prepare the World Cup stadiums which is an unbelievable number that the nation could used to do any other useful things for the country, keeping in mind that the proceeds that Qatar is going to take from this World Cup is only 2.2 billion dollars so in other words it's going to have an crazy lose. Other thing you should know about is that more than 6500 worker died while preparing the stadiums due to the state neglection of their rights and protection so in few days we are going to play and have fun on a land that was built by corpses of workers who didn't get the rights of protection the nation should've gave them. Continuing my point, The World Cup that was made in 2010 in Africa was spent on it only 3 Bellion dollars keeping in mind that Africa doesn't have Infrastructure and got a direct benefit to their national economy which was 0.4% that was translated to 38 billion dollars that year. So the question now is, Is thier any benefits from the complete disaster that Qatar is welcoming right now?

  • storytelling_cherry | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 17 Nov 2022

    I do not agree to host the World Cup in Qatar because of Qatar's violation of human rights and that it is not one of the top 10 countries in the world, the temperature of the weather is high and it does not have a global sports façade.
    I think that Germany should host the World Cup because it won 4 tournaments in the World Cup and is one of the top 10 countries in the world and it is the only country in the world to win the World Cup for women and men and that its stadiums are large

  • neat_keyboard | Cheam Park Farm Primary | United Kingdom 17 Nov 2022

    Human rights should be equallafied in quatar for the LGBTQ community

  • hardworking_dog | Cheam Park Farm Primary | United Kingdom 17 Nov 2022

    I think that it is bad that gay and lesbian people cant go in but it is good that it is spreading culture to the middle east also they won the election fair and square.

  • broadminded_memory | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 17 Nov 2022

    Should any country be allowed to host a big sporting event like the World Cup? Why or why not?

    Any country willing to host the World Cup should be allowed to host it, and I see that this supports the request of the FIFA President to separate sport from politics, If you are really interested in attending the match, you will do the impossible to attend, and if you are going to support your sexual orientation and beliefs, this will be evident through your rejection or acceptance of the laws of Qatar.

  • fiery_raisin | Boutcher CofE Primary A | United Kingdom 17 Nov 2022

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    I think this controversy is needed because many people have different opinions.

    I think that any country that follows a certain criteria should be allowed to host a big sports event, because if the country is paying it's workers and is following human rights, they should be allowed to host the tournament.

    I was on the Live Topical Talk and my class mostly agreed that fans might boycott the tournament, which I think would be really successful, because if Qatar is not following human rights and is jailing journalists who speak out( this is called censorship) the fans might decide to not come which would make Qatar have spent 300 billion dollars on absolutely nothing. It may also force Qatar to become a better country.

    Some people think that Qatar bribed the FIFA company to change the results, because Qatar isn't even in the top 100 teams.

  • glad_journalist | Boutcher CofE Primary A | United Kingdom 17 Nov 2022

    I think that people who disagree with where the event is hosted should speak to FIFA directly and tell FIFA their reason why they don't like the country that they chose because FIFA can change the country that is picked to host the world cup and if FIFA agree then they can chnage the country if the reasons are bad enough.

  • philosophical_panther | Boutcher CofE Primary A | United Kingdom 17 Nov 2022

    I think that Qatar shouldn't host the world cup if other countrys disagree that they should host it . They have loads of problems with human rights and treating LGBTQ+ members differently than all of the rest of the public. They have spent so much money on structures and hotels. Should there be a limit to the amount of money spent on big sporting events like this to stop adding to climate change? I think yes as this country is spending loads of money on structures and hotels but what if they all go out of use? It still costs money to keep the places up and running. Overall I think that Qatar shouldn't be allowed to host this event as there has been lots of arguments about the votes not being fair and they are spending way too much money.

  • supportive_cherry | Boutcher CofE Primary A | United Kingdom 17 Nov 2022

    I think that the word cup should not be held in Quatar because of the human right issues but i specifialy would like to cover the point of the LGBTQ+ problem. I think this is very wrong that Quatar have a propblem with people that are apart of the LGBTQ+ community, first of all, being part of that comunity is a choice, not everyone will want to date the same genders but some wont. Personaly, it doesnt bother me because it isnt me so why do i care what other people are doing in there lives if it has nothing to do with me. Homophobia is a disgraceful thing but my question for the people that are homophobic is why do you care what others are doing?

  • methodical_redcurrant | Boutcher CofE Primary A | United Kingdom 17 Nov 2022

    I think that Qatar should not be letting their workers suffer in such terrible conditions.I also think that it is unfair that the LGBTQ+should not be restricted in the country. The cost that Doha spent over $300 for the stadium is unbelievable that amount of money could end world hunger for 4.5 months! Although it has nothing to do with me i think that it should have been supported.

  • buzzing_tomato | Boutcher CofE Primary A | United Kingdom 17 Nov 2022

    I think that not all countries should hold a big sporting event like the world cup because if they cannot treat people fairly they might not be able to build the stadiums as people might not want to work for them. If people disagree with the country that is holding it I think they should talk to FIFA to tell them their perspective.

  • broadminded_memory | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 17 Nov 2022

    What could people or teams do if they disagree with where an event is hosted?
    For me, it's like playing against a team from another country whose policies and laws you don't agree with, but in the end you have to play, because you're here to represent your team, not your feelings!
    Before the player thinks whether or not he wants to be in that host country, he must take into account that he is here to represent his country, just like ambassadors! And he knows that he will face these events before entering as a football player, so he had to see the matter more rationally, not emotionally.
    So the answer to the question for me would be for them to do nothing and put their feelings aside

  • playful_pomegranate | Boutcher CofE Primary A | United Kingdom 17 Nov 2022

    I think they should host it in Qatar as someone it the country is the owner of Fifa, which is even better so if he is there then they can have an amazing world cup. Another reason that Qatar should host the world cup is they have high quality stadiums and their stadiums are recyclable.This to me is not to let people suffer in the hot hot weather as it is too hot to play football because everyone would like a great world cup.

  • glad_bird | Boutcher CofE Primary A | United Kingdom 17 Nov 2022

    I think that this controversy is unbelievable because leaders in Qatar are not respecting their citizens correctly. I believe this as everyone has human rights for example: they don not support the LGBTQ+ community however if they would like to date someone of their chose they should has the rights to do that and we should all be treated equally.
    I do not think every country should have the opportunity to host a sporting event like the World Cup as Qatar is way too hot most months of the year and it could become very dangerous.
    People, who are playing in the world cup, could protest about it a bit more about it or wear a band or shirt that says stop abuse in Qatar.

  • outgoing_perspective | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 17 Nov 2022

    This is a bit sensitive, but I don't agree On this matter, because Qatar has already revealed the news that there are air conditioners in the stadiums, and other than that, the temperature in these days will be low. This means that it may be 20 ° or 18° The temperature is not an obstacle to Qatar hosting the World Cup, and despite that, Qatar has paid more than 100 billion for this equipment, and we do not have the right to prevent this event because despite that it has come very close _ but I think that this attack On Qatar, it may be because of its Islamic religion, which most people do not accept, and their rejection of all beliefs that are contrary to the Islamic religion. Despite this, this is from my own point of view, and I think that some of them may attack Qatar for something else, but this is not A reason for refusing to hold the World Cup in an Arab Islamic country

  • curious_contribution | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria 17 Nov 2022

    Definitely everyone has a comment to make but while making them we tend to use emotions and already built stereotypes which is wrong and I feel that we should not work based on these opinions rather we should have an open mind and expect something better. It is called the world cup for a reason being that every nation country directly or indirectly participate in the event and that is what makes the event worthwhile, it indirectly creates an atmosphere that gives room for unity in diversity and so everyone should be allowed to host regardless of whether they are developing or developed or if they have issues affecting them and strong beliefs maybe the only time a country should be passed over is when they have an issue of security. If people which are not part of the committee organizing the event then in my honest opinion they should not participate since they have a reason which is valid or they could use a virtual reality platform that allows everyone have the world cup event in the country of their choice.

  • excellent_penguin | Boutcher CofE Primary B | United Kingdom 17 Nov 2022

    I don't like how Qatar is the host country for the FIFA world cup 2022 because it is way to hot there which gives the football players a disadvantage to play the match and the people who built the luxurious hotels for the people who wanted to see the match get treated badly and have to stay in poor hotels.

  • daring_cherry | St. Andrew Kaggwa Gombe High school | Uganda 18 Nov 2022

    This controversy is justified because such a world event brings many people of different beliefs and opinions about human rights so such people cannot sit back and shut their voices on such a big truth about Qatar depriving and violating human rights. According to me, an event that brings and draws attention of many people should only be hosted in countries that are free from racism, segregation, discrimination of people of any community for example in Qatar the LGBTQ community is treated differently from others something that wouldn't promote world peace and in an event like world cup, it might cause divisions in people and could destroy the fun and purpose plus the neutalness of the games. So i think a good country to host such an event is one that has proper laws on human rights without segregation of any communities.
    FIFA should endever to check the policies of the country that is to host the event considering factors like human rights as very important. In fact, a full committee with representatives from the fans, footballers and FIFA officials should be made specially to check the qualification of the countries to host world inclusive of other factors like infrastructure, social services and political stability. So people and teams have a platform to say their views about the countries to host the event.

  • grounded_reality | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 18 Nov 2022

    Should any country be allowed to host a big sporting event like the World Cup why or why not
    I think any country should be allowed but there are conditions everyone wants to have that World Cup in their country there is a competition for this also the winning country needs to have good places for the for the matches enormous stadiums with fine pitches and that the host country enjoys a distinguished strategic
    it also needs to have a good transport for all the people who travel to watch the matches and lots of the places for them to eat and sleep

  • warm_alligator | Cheam Park Farm Primary | United Kingdom 18 Nov 2022

    In my opinion, I think that a country with bad working conditions and bad human rights such as the strict laws on lgbtq, referring to qatar, should not host the world cup and so many fans and even players, such as goretska and henry, are boycotting the tournament. The only reason that qatar held the world cup was because it payed fifa millions of pounds to host the tournament. Another reason is the fact that because of such high temperatures they had to move the famous tournaments schedule.

  • majestic_piccolo | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 18 Nov 2022

    do not think every country should have the opportunity to host a sporting event like the World Cup as Qatar is way too hot most months of the year and it could become very dangerous.
    People, who are playing in the world cup, could protest about it a bit more about it or wear a band or shirt that says stop abuse in Qatar.
    Before the player thinks whether or not he wants to be in that host country, he must take into account that he is here to represent his country, just like ambassadors! And he knows that he will face these events before entering as a football player, so he had to see the matter more rationally, not emotionally.
    So the answer to the question for me would be for them to do nothing and put their feelings aside

  • enigmatic_imagination | Start-Rite Schools | Nigeria 18 Nov 2022

    Qatar won the right to host the world cup when the FIFA congress voted, fair and square. The controversy arising about the laws concerning the LGBTQ community is somewhat justified, but I would like to bring attention to how Qatar is a Muslim-populated and governed country and, alongside civil rule, Islamic rule is also practiced. Does this mean that any country that practices Islamic rule does not have a right to host the world cup? It is called the ‘world’ cup for a reason. Not to mention the millions spent by Qatar to ensure that the world cup would run smoothly, would that mean that by changing the host all that money would be to waste? The issue concerning how hot it would be I believe is not very reasonable because during December the weather is on an average of 21 degrees to 26 degrees Celcius, compared to other Middle Eastern countries and even African countries, this isn’t severe. The reason the issue is even being brought up is that it is being compared to UK weather. And finally, because Qatar fairly won the right, people should realize that Qatar is its own country and everyone should respect it, especially if the citizens aren’t complaining.

  • amazing_tradition | Ormiston Bushfield Academy | United Kingdom 18 Nov 2022

    I agree that the world cup shouldn't be held in Qatar because it has a corruption score of 63 of 100 and a rank 31 of 180 which is not as corrupt as other places but is worse than places like UAE. Also, there laws are not very good Like making being gay illegal.

  • digital_seal | St. Andrew Kaggwa Gombe High school | Uganda 18 Nov 2022

    I think this controversy is needed because many people have different opinions.

    I think that any country that follows a certain criteria should be allowed to host a big sports event, because if the country is paying it's workers and is following human rights, they should be allowed to host the tournament.

    I was on the Live Topical Talk and my class mostly agreed that fans might boycott the tournament, which I think would be really successful, because if Qatar is not following human rights and is jailing journalists who speak out( this is called censorship) the fans might decide to not come which would make Qatar have spent 300 billion dollars on absolutely nothing. It may also force Qatar to become a better country.

    Some people think that Qatar bribed the FIFA company to change the results, because Qatar isn't even in the top 100 teams.

  • triumphant_mango | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria 18 Nov 2022

    Qatar is the smallest nation to ever host the World Cup ,yes the place is very hot but I do believe that football is played in a stadium .Qatar is emerging as one of leading countries in the world in new technology adaptation, innovation, and system automation. With this they can make the stadium cold enough, so heat is not really a problem. Trying new things is good it allows you explore and see new things , so yes with the right resources any country can host a big sporting event like the world cup. When there is a disagreement the best thing to do is vote that is why we have elections, if not any random person on the street could become the president. The best thing to do is vote who ever tops the vote wins .

  • joyful_insect | Lyons Hall Primary School E | United Kingdom 18 Nov 2022

    i think Qatar should host the world cup because have spent 3 billion pounds on the stadiums .

  • sympathetic_camel | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 18 Nov 2022

    I believe that every country has a special policy, and that every country has a special government, and it is assumed that these things are not exposed publicly, but that the Qatari people must undertake uprisings to change the methods of government, that the World Cup takes place in the month of December, that is, in the winter, and the climate of Qatar is moderate This is very suitable for the players, and the work they have a period of four years to build. In my opinion, the cup should be in all countries, but Qatar has the advantages of climate and vast lands.

  • aware_computer | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria 18 Nov 2022

    hello everyone. I am going to disagree with that because I personally think that it doesn't matter if the climate there is hot but whether the infrastructure, facilities and equipment are in tip-top shape. Besides, Qatar can provide cooling units for the footballers as they play. Also the players and the team strength of the country hosting doesn't matter. I think that the way FIFA picks it host for the world cup is by the level of infrastructure the country has.

  • trustworthy_jabuticaba | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 18 Nov 2022

    Should any country host a major event like the World Cup? Why and why not?
    I think any country that wants it should be allowed if it has the required conditions to be able to host the World Cup
    I believe that Qatar is a suitable country to host the World Cup, although it is not one of the 10 best countries in the world, but it is economically advanced and has huge stadiums that can accommodate a large number of players and large places to host people who want to watch the World Cup

  • glorious_philosophy | Govt. Comprehensive Boys High School | Pakistan 18 Nov 2022

    I think that the biggest controversy in hosting this event in Qatar is the climate of Qatar, because the climate of Qatar is moderate and I think this is an ideal weather for any sports (i.e. football).I hope next time this event will also be participated by Pakistan.
    THANK YOU.

  • digital_pigeon | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 18 Nov 2022

    Regardless of your support for the existence of an event called the World Cup or not, but what Qatar is doing to use the event to educate the foreign masses present about Islam is something very remarkable, and such opportunities are rare due to the large number of attendees and also the diversity of countries and cultures from which they will come to follow and also it is very strange that many The voices that are currently criticizing the World Cup in Qatar, we did not hear them criticizing it when it was in other countries, they remind me of those who use the phrase “feeding the hungry is better than building a mosque” in the wrong place. I made it, but I deal with it because it is the reality of the situation

  • adept_heart | Lyons Hall Primary School E | United Kingdom 18 Nov 2022

    I think that the world cup should absolutely not be going ahead in Qatar. I think this because in the past couple of decades most of the world have been working and fighting against human rights issues, such as making gay marriage legal and not making workers have to do their jobs in disgusting conditions. It's just not fair that openly gay fans can't even attend the tournament. Also, the weather conditions are just too hot for colder countries such as England and Wales, I understand that they obviously can't change their own weather, but it is still extremely hot. I just think there are better places that could have held the World Cup such as Australia and South Korea. Anyway, I hope the tournament is a success.

  • coherent_bilberry | Gaza Prep B Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 19 Nov 2022

    Quite simply, the World Cup is the most important sporting tournament on Earth. It is the event in which football is the most popular sport in the world.
    Grant Wahl, the author of the book "The Masters of Modern Football," said in his interview with the American Fox website that the number of countries that are interested in the World Cup is much greater than the number of countries that are interested in any other sporting event.
    For months, the controversy has not stopped over the World Cup and Qatar, with the start of the countdown to the start of the tournament. The French capital, Paris, announced its joining several cities that decided to refrain from displaying the sports that will be launched next month on giant screens, or allocating places for fans.
    Should any country be allowed to host a major sporting event like the World Cup?
    Yes/because if the host country is unable to afford the costs, it did not host.

  • honest_cat | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 19 Nov 2022

    What do you think of this controversy?! And why?! In frankness, there are many points of view that we can see as right and others not. If we say that we do not agree, it will be because Qatar has made a large donation to the stadium. If we look at the stadium from the inside and outside, we are excited to go and watch the match. Also, I think that all celebrities travel to countries: Qatar, the Emirates and Dubai are among the countries that have the most people who support football heroes. And if we say no, we are also right, because it is an example of reality. If I sweat from the severity of the temperature, I will not be able to play, and transportation is also difficult, but I suggest a solution that the match be in the city of Quito, which is in the middle of the world, and the world can go to it. But I agree with the first opinion that Qatar is a suitable country for football because it is possible to install air conditioning or use cold fans.

  • excited_artist | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 20 Nov 2022

    I think that controversy is inevitable and they are on the right path to make their voice and cause known
    Any country can host a major sporting event such as the World Cup as long as it qualifies and follows safety and security standards
    And in the event that they disagree about the place to host the event, they can draw lots and choose the place

  • honest_cat | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 20 Nov 2022

    In my opinion, Qatar is a suitable country for displaying the FIFA World Cup, because Qatar has tired of building the stadium from the inside and outside. It has built VIP hotels overlooking the matches. The opening of the World Cup is different because they actually made the most beautiful opening, and if we notice that the thing cost them a lot of money, the floor they offer is very luxurious, in my opinion, that Qatar deserves this.

  • mindful_dolphin | College Edouard Manet | France 20 Nov 2022

    I think that people who disagree with where the event is hosted should speak to FIFA directly and tell FIFA their reason why they don't like the country that they chose because FIFA can change the country that is picked to host the world cup and if FIFA agree then they can chnage the country if the reasons are bad enough. but personally I think they should host it in Qatar as someone it the country is the owner of Fifa, which is even better so if he is there then they can have an amazing world cup and also Qatar used over 200 billion dollars to prepare the World Cup stadiums

  • zestful_television | Rafah Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory 20 Nov 2022

    In the beginning, we are with Qatar, which succeeded as an Arab and Islamic country for the first time hosting the World Cup, in organizing this huge event in an impressive way, but what is controversial is the cost of organizing this event is very large, as it amounted to approximately more than 220 billion dollars, and this is an insane number compared to the last World Cup It was organized in 2018, when it cost nearly 12 billion dollars, and if we wanted to talk about the expected return of nearly 17 billion at its best, what if these huge funds were invested in rescuing people in developing and poor countries, especially since the world is going through its worst economic and food crises? sanitary and climatic? In my opinion, the world needs to invest in health, education and solving climate change problems to save all of humanity more than it needs to invest in one-time use stadiums and clubs.

  • active_iceberg | Mayflower Centre | Romania 21 Nov 2022

    I think the controversy in Qatar isn't very good because many people from different countries come to the World Cup to support their team.Another problem is that Qatar has rules against LGBTQ community and females.The World Cup wasn't held in summer because it was too hot to play.
    I think not all the countries can host the World Cup because many countries aren't prepared for this and the stadiums don't have a lot of chairs like the stadiums from other countries and many countries don't have the recommended budget for the World Cup.
    If the supporters and the team don't want a country to host the World Cup,they will say to FIFA that they disagree with that country to host the World Cup or they maybe can say that they don't want to play if they don't change the country that hosts the World Cup and they can protest to the FIFA community that they don't like that country from different causes. For example by using social media to voice their opinion on these countries or they could boycott the events.

  • enchanted_banana | Mayflower Centre | Romania 21 Nov 2022

    I think that this controversy isn't about people not agreeing with Qatar hosting the World Cup but about them being mad that their country wasn't chosen to host this event.
    In my opinion every country should have the right to host a big sporting events, but if they are not ready to host it or don't have enough money to do it.
    And the people or teams that disagree with where it's hosted, they can just not watch it.
    It was significant that Qatar was chosen because this is the first Time a Middle Easteen country has hosted.

  • remarkable_peach | Mayflower Centre | Romania 21 Nov 2022

    I believe that Qatar isn’t the best choice for a country to be holding such a big event. First of all the country could use that money for something else instead of a football event. For example solving other social problems they might have or helping other countries to solve global issues. We are talking about 300 billion dollars here. This amount of money can solve world hunger for 4 months. Next, Qatar has some very strict laws against the lgbtq and women and other social groups. So really is Qatar the right country for such a big event? In a global context should which laws should we respect that of our own country or the host country and where is the middle ground?

  • innovative_kiwifruit | Mayflower Centre | Romania 21 Nov 2022

    I think that the controversy happening in Qatar isn't very good because The World Cup's rules are bend just for them and not necessarily every other country in the history of FIFA.
    Not any country should be allowed to host a big sporting event like the World Cup because they should be qualified, not like Qatar that seemingly treats people more or less good.
    People or teams should play normally, but the next time, they should speak to the people that organizate to consider the conditions that the players are in.

  • jubilant_seagull | Mayflower Centre | Romania 21 Nov 2022

    I think that this controversy is kind of okay because it is kind of weird because even if you host a big important match, you have a big stadium and a lot of people at the moment, in Qatar, after the game, it will be the same or just a tiny more people sometimes maybe to visit the stadium and a lack of money because they spend a lot of money on that. Also, not every single country should be allowed to host such an important event because Qatar is a country where women are not treated in the same way as other countries and girls can like football or soccer or whatever but they can't go in those countries where it is possible for them to get hurt and to start conflicts. Teams can change though where the event is. No players, no game. They can't be forced to play. At least not all of them.

  • engaging_koala | Mayflower Centre | Romania 21 Nov 2022

    In my opinion I do not think that is ok that they choose to play the word cup in Qatar beacuse they have some problems.Like there women's are not treated right and they could be in danger, they even spend 300 bilion dollars for the stadium that could stop the world hunger for 4 months. I think some contries can be allowed to keep important events, but they need to not care about genders not. If people do not like the county that host the match they need to protest or just to do not came and participate to the match.

  • loving_saxophone | Sydenham School B | United Kingdom 21 Nov 2022

    I don't think it's right because they go against human rights and it's morally corrupt. They also changed the whole structure of the World Cup just so they could have it. The royal family (of Qatar) is wrong for stepping in and banning alcohol even after Budweiser is the main sponsor and all that beer is going to waste.

  • strong_tamarillo | Sydenham School B | United Kingdom 21 Nov 2022

    I think they should host the World cup in a country with more human rights because it would encourage more people to go. Qatar doesn't allow drinking but drinking beer is associated with football.

  • funny_lute | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria 21 Nov 2022

    I think the controversy is indispensable because people have various points of view.

    Countries have particular reasons for wanting to host world cup, reasons is; the general assumption is that hosting a World Cup has to be good for a country: it provides an increase in tourism, creates thousands of jobs and pumps billions of dollars into the country via ticket sales and sponsor.

    FIFA have criteria and have had strict stadium guideline requirements since at least 2001. Stadiums must have a capacity of at least 40,000, stadiums hosting quarter-finals must have a minimum of 60,000 and those hosting the opening ceremony or final must have a capacity of at least 80,000.

    But the reality is that the money spent on hosting the tournament, both the direct cost of setting up the infrastructure (stadiums and security for example) and the opportunity costs (money spend on hosting the tournament that could be used to boost the economy elsewhere). If countries see the need to still want to host they should be allowed if they can meet the requirement.

  • fearless_engineer | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 21 Nov 2022

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    Considering that I love football and I hope to go to Qatar to attend the 2022 World Cup, but as a Palestinian citizen it is not easy to obtain a visa to go to Qatar, and this is a reason that encourages me to say: Why does Palestine not host the next World Cup, but this thing is impossible in light of the economic conditions political and material. But if the World Cup is held in Palestine, this will return to my country with many benefits and positives, that is, the world will recognize it and it will become a country full of tourists, and we will have the opportunity to participate in the world. The Cup and enjoy watching it, as well as raising the overall economy of my country, Palestine, presenting the culture and history of my country in front of tourists, and also strengthening relations between my country (the host country) and the countries participating in the World Cup.

  • fearless_engineer | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 21 Nov 2022

    I think it is natural for a controversy to arise over Qatar's hosting of the World Cup, because of its human rights record and that it is an Arab country and does not support homosexuals. This is the reason for the Europeans' refusal to hold this great event in Qatar. Also, the Qatari team was subjected to a kind of mockery and ridicule, as for the football community, the idea of ​​hosting an Arab country for the largest sporting event was impossible. And we, as Arab countries, are honored and pleased to hold the World Cup in Qatar, in addition to the fact that the State of Qatar is very beautiful and has provided modern services and technologies and has made golden touches in building eight stadiums, and despite all the preparations that it has made, this controversy continues.

  • amusing_wildcat | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 22 Nov 2022

    In my opinion, holding the Olympic Games this year in the State of Qatar is a good thing. Alternation between foreign countries and Arab countries is a good thing. And when going to any country, everyone should abide by the culture and laws of that country. Of course, in all countries of the world there are good and bad advantages. As for the controversy in this matter, it is natural for a person to become accustomed to certain laws, and not adapt to other laws. Also, the establishment of the Olympics in Qatar will push Qatar to change something in its dealings and laws, and I see that strict laws are better than fragile laws. This is my point of view.

  • brilliant_ferret | Mayflower Centre | Romania 22 Nov 2022

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    I agree with the host country because every country needs a second chance to be better and realise that they can be good if they weren't.
    I know that not all countries are perfect but they don't always think about the bad parts of themselves objectively. Everyone can be good and change the world if they help themselves and each other.
    No matter what you think of Qatar, they want to inspire their new generation and they are an example of how a small country can succeed on their own and the first country to host the world cup from their part of the world!

  • bright_wallaby | Mayflower Centre | Romania 22 Nov 2022

    Personally I think that people are right to disagree with fifa's choice. I really want to know why they chose Quatar🤔. There were so many sacrifices made for the sake of this country holding the 2022 world Cup, starting from a huge amount of money(300 billion dollars 💸) to changing the actual date. If you didn't know they had to change the date of the world Cup since it would've been too hot in the summer☀️ .
    Should any country be allowed to hold a big sports event? Well, I personally think that if you have the money 💰, space, and the circumstances your country should be allowed.
    If you disagree with where the world Cup 🌎 is hosted there are many way you could protest. Maybe just not going, making videos on social media🗣, at this point even changing your profile picture with a banner that shows your opinion and many other methods like writing a letter to FIFA.
    Russia are an example of another country to be criticised. For the sochi winter games and also for the world Cup because they also were seen to be mistreating the lgbtq+ community. For example in chechyna where some lgbtq people were trying to escape from abuse. This would make lgbtq people not feel safe to go to these events. Should we let a country with different views from our own host, where is the line? 🧐

  • memorable_cookie | Mayflower Centre | Romania 22 Nov 2022

    This is such a big event which happens every four years, but is it really worth it to be held in another country every single time? I understand how this huge event puts the spotlight on the country that hosts it, but at the same time, this big amount of money could be used for something else. With the money spent in Qatar, the world hunger could end for four months. Maybe for some people, it doesn't seem to do too much, but it could really change the state of our world. Where as these football matches will last about one month, how can we actually compare this to stopping world hunger for four months? At this big event, the people benefiting from it will be the ones who have the money to come to this event. No poor people will be able to come. Overall, if the Qatari government will change the law a little for this, then they might make human rights an important part of their country. Even if I don't understand why it is necessary for multiple countries to host the event, this big amount of money could be really worth it, if they keep developing some things after the event too. Another example of a host country who were criticised in the past would be South Korea. This country was chosen to be a host, but at the very last minute. I think the way the decision was made at the very last minute looked not only suspicious, but also unprofessional.

  • fun_rainforest | Mayflower Centre | Romania 22 Nov 2022

    I believe this controversy is unnecessary because in my opinion Qatar won't listen to us and they will continue doing what they think is correct. The only way we can change something is by telling FIFA to change their minds. I don't believe any country should be able to host the world cup because it's really hard to get to some countries and some countries have very warm or cold conditions, causing fifa to have to change the time the world cup will be hosted at. People could just not go to the world cup or ttelll fifa not to go host the world cup in that country. Russia wanted to host the world cup, even though they were and seen to be mistreating LGBT people. For those reasons, the world cup should not have been hosted there, and many people were mad. There were also other controversies like the Russian football team using steroids and how an agent from a British intelligence agency was poisoned. The situation with Qatar is different than other times because they are a small country and their decisions seemingly don't impact the world as much as Russia, which is really big.

  • artistic_conversation | Mayflower Centre | Romania 22 Nov 2022

    1️⃣ I think that this controversy is a logical one beacuse, first of all, it is the first time when the World Cup is being held in The Middle East. Second of all, they spend 300 billion dollars to evolve and build the World Cup.
    In conclusion, there are a lot of new things and possibilities that cause these controversies.
    2️⃣ About this... I think that all the countries can have a chance at hosting the World Cup but in the same time, countries who don't have the money or the possibilities to host the event, shouldn't!
    3️⃣ I might think that, people could speak up about the controversy and maybe fix but if they can't, they can make sure stuff like this never happens again.

  • best_groundhog | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 22 Nov 2022

    I believe that hosting Qatar or others in the World Cup is a legitimate right, as long as it is a recognized country, and we should not put Qatar in the corner of refusing to participate because it does not implement some human rights. It would affect the change of Qatar's steps in the field of human rights and make it compete with international countries in the application of human rights to enter the world and become a desired country and a role model for many countries. Finally, Qatar's participation can be an opportunity for it and a positive impact in the field of human rights.

  • congenial_queen | College Edouard Manet | France 22 Nov 2022

    hello today the impact of qatar already there is air pollution , we've stadiums job creation and no more public transport we have more hotels now i'm going to talk to you about
    Concerning the negative impacts of the organization of the football World Cup in Qatar, there is air pollution because of the air conditioning, noise pollution because of the traffic jam, and finally a lot of epidemics.
    Concerning the positive impacts, there is job creation for the building of the stadiums and hotels, more public transportation for the citizens, more hotels for tourists ...

  • cultured_watermelon | Ormiston Bushfield Academy | United Kingdom 23 Nov 2022

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    I agree with the idea that the world cup shouldn't be hosted in Qatar; Whilst there isn't an 'ideal' country to host the world cup, Qatar is far from being suitable. This is because of many reasons; One of these would be the many human rights violations, like the illegality of being a member of the LGBTQ+ community. A common defense of this I've heard (regarding the LGBTQ+) is that it is an issue of western culture vs the rest of the world. The problem with this defense is that there may be a difference in culture but that is irrelevant regarding human rights; Culture cannot be used as an excuse to violate human rights. This defense is also moot in argument with the inequality of women's rights in Qatar. Furthermore, Qatar has an equality index of 13/100 which is one of the lowest in the world showing Qatar is one of the largest offenders regarding LGBTQ+ rights. Qatar is also rife with slavery and worker rights violations; 6,500~ workers died building the world cup stadium. I believe that the most effective way to show your disagreement with the world cup being in Qatar is boycotting; This could be through raising awareness of the human rights violations on social media or not watching the world cup at all.

  • poetic_banana | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 23 Nov 2022

    I disagree with this controversy from my point of view that Qatar is suitable to receive the World Cup. People say that Qatar is too hot and that it will be difficult for players, but Qatar has put cooling devices in the stadiums. The weather in November is beautiful and not hot and about strict laws.Against the LGBT community in Qatar this is because Qatar is an Islamic state and in our religion Islam deprives that Qatar has spent a lot of money building luxurious and beautiful sports stadiums and has succeeded in thatI received players in the most luxurious hotels.

  • thankful_cherry | Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School B | Pakistan 23 Nov 2022

    No one is a fixed or self-esteemed controller of a game. A game is to share love with each other as human beings. So, shun away the perspective that a certain continent, region, or country is the only master of a game event. A country would show its willingness to hold an event if and only if it is capable of it. So, the world cup can be held even in Sri Lanka, Bhutan, or other such small countries, if they are able to hold it. So, I think there should be no controversy. If any I do not sustain it. A game can be held anywhere with grand consensus.
    People should welcome instead.

  • credible_emotion | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 23 Nov 2022

    Yes, I do not like that controversy arises on this issue, as every country has the right to develop itself and its reputation among other countries. Yes, although Qatar is the first Arab country in the Middle East to host, for the first time, the World Cup, should any country be allowed to host a major sporting event such as the World Cup? ? In my opinion, yes, if the necessary conditions for hosting are met. The reason for the controversy is that everyone wants this hosting to be in their country

  • easygoing_writer | Start-Rite Schools | Nigeria 23 Nov 2022

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    Perhaps this is a controversial opinion, but I don’t think there should be dispute about Qatar hosting the World Cup. Firstly, regarding human rights - specifically LGBTQ rights. Qatar is an islamic country, which means it’s laws are heavily influenced by the preachings of Islam. This is most definitely not a bad thing, and I think it’s high time we stop trying to make it seem like it is. As a society, we must accept that not everyone is going to be accepting of everything - it’s the whole concept of boundaries. No matter what, unless Qatar wants to change their laws, nothing in the world is going to force them to do so. As for the matter of journalists being jailed - it’s horrible. But I need people to think - will stopping Qatar from hosting the World Cup do anything about this? No. If anything, the World Cup will bring much needed attention to these cases. It already has.
    Last but not least, the weather in Qatar is not a valid reason for the country to not host. People are just trying endlessly to find reasons to stop this. Qatar is the first country in the middle east to hold the World cup - and that’s a record that will go down in history. I do wish the country had gone about it in a better way. For example, better working conditions for people working in the stadium. In the end, though, Qatar is holding the world cup and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

  • centered_robin | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 23 Nov 2022

    This topic has sparked a lot of controversy because of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar
    In every country there are laws, whether the country is Muslim or foreign, everyone must respect them. Qatar refused homosexuals. It is inappropriate to raise the flag of homosexuality in an Islamic country, or to make inappropriate movements in the match. It is an inappropriate place for that. Qatar also refused to drink alcohol in Qatar. I have seen in Previous World Cup matches are people who drank to the point of intoxication, which leads to problems with others and annoys them. For me, I think this decision is very wonderful, which helped in organizing the match. I watched the World Cup. All people were welcomed properly from all countries, and the opening of the World Cup was very beautiful, so any country can host The World Cup event if it can take this responsibility Disagreements over where to host the World Cup 1 can be resolved by knowing what people are against and choosing a country that satisfies both parties in all respects.

    2 Choose the country that has the responsibility to make satisfactory laws
    And a country was not chosen to any extent due to the diversity of countries..

  • efficient_moment | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 24 Nov 2022

    World Cup, formally FIFA World Cup, in football (soccer), quadrennial tournament of men’s national teams that determines the sport’s world champion. It is likely the most popular sporting event in the world, drawing billions of television viewers every tournament. The equivalent event for women’s national football teams is the Women’s World Cup.

  • inspired_acorn | Castle Mead Academy | United Kingdom 24 Nov 2022

    Hosting the world cup in Qatar was a HUGE mistake, the original intent was to give everyone a better opinion of the middle east, but it has actually damaged the image of the middle east, several protests are happening in Qatar and people are angry at Fifa, for corruption and money laundering. In my opinion, it should be in a more democratic country, EG: Germany, France, Denmark or even Canada.

  • coherent_banjo | Mayflower Centre | Romania 25 Nov 2022

    - What do you think about the controversy?

    I feel like that I would have to agree with the controversy. People have the rights to worry about Qatar's human rights and disagree that Qatar shouldn't be able to host it. Their laws about LGBTQ+ are very strict and aggressive, also women have quite a fragile reputation in the middle eastern countries. Also, they did send thousands of immigrants to work in poor conditions, which just adds more fuel to the fire.

    Challenge question:

    Qatar is the first middle eastern country to host the world cup, which is a bit different than other countries. They have a very hot climate, very strict laws about human rights and also, being a middle eastern country, it has a quite bad reputation.

  • inspiring_shrimp | Mayflower Centre | Romania 25 Nov 2022

    In my opinion this controversy is valid because Qatar has indeed problems with the environment and the necessities for the world cup. The environment is very hot and is hard for the players to play. Because of this the grass is very dry too and it needs constant care. Plus the neighbours of Qatar have a conflict going on where there had been a blockade from their neighbours. And indeed they agreed to stop while the Cup is hdld but people can never be sure.
    Not every country should be allowed to host a World Cup because if they don't have what they need or are in a war situation like Ukraine and Russia is impossible to be hold.
    If people or the teams disagree they should just not go. This sends the biggest message.
    The situation with Qatar can be compared with the World Cup 2018 in Russia because both were criticised over their human rights. For example, Russian doesn't support LGBTQ and were criticsed about this too.

  • victorious_leaf | Mayflower Centre | Romania 25 Nov 2022

    I believe that people have a reason to be controversial about Qatar beeing the host of FIFA World Cup because of the human rights issues and the strict rules in the country. I know a man that was submitted to prison for 3 months because he accidentally touched a Qatar citizen.
    I don't belive that any country should be hosting the World Cup because it might have political conflicts or it doesn't have the conditions to attend it.
    If the people or the teams would disagree with where the event would be sustained they just wouldn't go.
    Qatar is not the first host country being criticised for example - Russia was criticised in 2014 Winter Olympics because of the lack of political stability and goverrnance, and the safety and human rights of LGBT athletes and journalist, in light of Russia's gay propaganda laws which started protests from other countries. The difference is that Russia was overshadowed by the aftermath. I think Qatar will face greater criticism after.

  • serious_beetle | Mayflower Centre | Romania 25 Nov 2022

    I think this situation with the Qatar controversy is a little bit different to the Chinese Olympics because the people who participated at the Olympics in China said that they felt like they are in jail. But in Qatar, the situation is more severe than the Chinese, people don’t have any rights and if you support LGBT community or behave like they consider wrong you can be arrested or executed.

  • tolerant_engine | Lyons Hall Primary School C | United Kingdom 25 Nov 2022

    I wasn't that sure about Qatar hosting because of the LBGTQ issues.

    But at the same time this is the first middle eastern country to host a world cup so it would be nice for it to happen.

    As well though I don't think their getting payed enough and it is quite hot and busy.

  • genial_cheetah | Maritime Academy | United Kingdom 25 Nov 2022

    I think it should be in another country because most football player's support the LGBTQ+ community and Quatro don't support it. So that is not good. Also the things they are doing do not help the Environment surly they shoulde reuse it

  • terrific_llama | Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School B | Pakistan 25 Nov 2022

    When controversies were in progress, Qatar asked one question to all opponents: "When you go to a country, do you abide by the local laws or not?" So, a culture or law of the land should not be the victim of controversy. A controversy is gone if we respect each other instead of criticizing. What if everyone criticizes each other? Will this world remain a place of peace? Surely no! Respect others as you would like to be respected.

  • smart_nectarine | Lyons Hall Primary School E | United Kingdom 25 Nov 2022

    I think that Qatar shouldn’t get to host the World Cup because of the laws against LGBTQ . They also spent $300,000,000 on it and might not even use it after.

  • secure_snail | Lyons Hall Primary School E | United Kingdom 25 Nov 2022

    I disagree that the world cup should be in Qatar.I think this because of the human rights issues and the heat, I do know that Qatar have changed the world cup date because of the heat. But I still think that it should be in a different country because it is still too hot. Anyway, going onto the human rights issues. I think that you can't really blame them because of their religion, but I still don't agree with their laws of being homophobic and other things like that

  • reflective_journalist | Rafah Prep A Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 25 Nov 2022

    I think this controversy is needed because many people have different opinions.

    I think that any country that follows a certain criteria should be allowed to host a big sports event, because if the country is paying it's workers and is following human rights, they should be allowed to host the tournament.

    I was on the Live Topical Talk and my class mostly agreed that fans might boycott the tournament, which I think would be really successful, because if Qatar is not following human rights and is jailing journalists who speak out( this is called censorship) the fans might decide to not come which would make Qatar have spent 300 billion dollars on absolutely nothing. It may also force Qatar to become a better country.

    Some people think that Qatar bribed the FIFA company to change the results, because Qatar isn't even in the top 100 teams.

  • incredible_redcurrant | College Edouard Manet | France 25 Nov 2022

    In m'y opinion , i disagree with the fact that the lgbtq+ community is considered something forbidden

    I think that the lgbtq + community can go to see the match like everyone


    I think there is many people who are in the community but they hide it because they are afraid

  • ingenious_library | Start-Rite Schools | Nigeria 25 Nov 2022

    In my opinion, I believe that the entire dispute around Qatar hosting the World Cup is entirely unnecessary. Understandably, people that are a part of the LGBTQ community are upset due to the fact that them living their life, out in Qatar, is illegal. However, what people also need to understand is that not everybody will like or accept it. It is well known that Qatar is an Islamic country that guides its laws according to the Quran. Is it a bad thing that they rule according to their religious scripture? Absolutely not, and we as a society need to stop trying to make it look like it is. The same way people would want to be respected for being part of the LGBTQ community is the same way people in Qatar want to be respected for their beliefs. Regarding the jailing of journalists, I think it’s plain to see that Qatar is in the wrong for that. Jailing journalists for doing their job is completely unacceptable and I can see where a lot of people’s frustration may stem. However, will stopping them from hosting the World Cup make it better? No, it won’t. In fact, I believe it will make it worse because more journalists will want to report on it, which will lead to more journalists being jailed, and I’m pretty sure nobody would want that. Finally, as regards the weather, I think it's absolutely ridiculous that some people genuinely want them to seize the hosting of the World Cup, due to something they can’t control. The weather is being compared to European countries where the temperature rarely passes 30 degrees celsius, however, when compared to African countries, such as Nigeria, where I live, the weather is okay for playing conditions. Should any country host the world cup? No. Especially if the country is a developing country that is struggling to sustain its own citizens. If a country like that were to host the World Cup, it would fall apart pretty quickly. This is because they wouldn’t be able to provide a lot of necessities needed by the players and audience. They would also struggle to keep the crowd controlled because as we can see, the World Cup is an extremely popular event that would bring people from different countries to one place. If that one place can’t handle the thousands of people that come to watch matches, the results could be detrimental. In conclusion, the entire controversy is just unnecessary. Obviously, people want their rights but they need to understand that not everywhere is as accepting as some of those developed countries.

  • articulate_bird | College Edouard Manet | France 25 Nov 2022

    I understand why Qatar doesn’t support LGBTQ+ community. I think it would be nice if people from the LGBTQ+ community acted in Qatar by respecting the views of the Qatari people.
    It would be better for everyone if LGBTQ+ people didn’t protest while in Qatar and if they showed respect to the Qatari people, by not showing their sexual orientation.

    ( I would like to state that I believe that it is normal to take religions into account in events. I’m pretty sure this a debatable topic..)

    And likewise the people of Qatar;

    It would be much better if the people of Qatar treat the LGBTQ+ community as they treat all other people, do not discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community and create an environment where the LGBTQ+ community can feel comfortable and not feel excluded .

    In short, I believe that the important thing is that both parties respect each other.

  • congenial_queen | College Edouard Manet | France 25 Nov 2022

    I THINK THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND THE WORLD CUP IN QATAR because the WHOLE world have the right of see the matchES no matter theIR religion. I would like that racist people GET punished and my opinion is that people ARE very INTOLERANT.

  • optimistic_squid | College Edouard Manet | France 25 Nov 2022

    i think the LGBTQ+community should have the right to watch the world cup in Qatar bu they should not show their sexual orientation explicitly because they must respect the culture and religion in Qatar

  • intrepid_sea | Lyons Hall Primary School A | United Kingdom 26 Nov 2022

    the decision to hold the world cup in Qatar isn't very good because loads of people say that the country should not be allowed to due to human right issues. workers who had to build the stadiums got treated very badly.

  • generous_beetle | St Mary's High School | India 26 Nov 2022

    How can a country accommodate foreigners (even for 28 days) when it’s own people do not feel welcome and comfortable? Charity begins at home and in my opinion Qatar should abide by that principle. A country with the orthodox and narrow mindset should not have been given the rights to host the world cup. The FIFA should have eliminated the country strictly on the basis of human rights abuse because such stringent laws have no room in the contemporary era. According to me, situation of Qatar and China is quite similar. The Chinese government was cruel in more ways than one, to the world and to its citizens. Countries which run away from accountability and the need for modernisation don’t deserve to be associated with something as prestigious as the FIFA worldcup or the Olympics. Countries first need to make themselves capable enough, only then can they make sure that the 16 billion expectant eyes on them during the tournament are not let down.

  • generous_flute | College Edouard Manet | France 26 Nov 2022

    I totally disagree with the restrictions Qatar takes with the rainbow community, forbidding their presence. The LGBTQ+ people should not be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. They didn't choose this. The Qatar government should not kill people for something they can't control. A person can be a muslim and belong to the LGBTQ+ community because having feelings for a person from the same gendee isn't a sin and can't be controled. The tourists who come in Qatar are there only to watch football. And if the Qatari autorities were to change the laws for the tourists to accept the LGBTQ+ community during the World Cup, they would dicriminate the residents LGBTQ+ in Qatar which would generate another form of inequality. To my mind, FIFA has given the world cup 2022 TO Qatar regardless OF the humans rights.

  • lovely_language | St. Andrew Kaggwa Gombe High school | Uganda 26 Nov 2022

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    I think it is always good to give people chances to do new things and they learn. For example Qatar has started changing some of its policies because people who were coming to watch the world cup had already disagreed with it hosting due to some of their policies and so they decided to change them and that's a good effect for giving Qatar the chance to host.

    In my opinion not every country qualifies to host big sporting events like world cup because some countries' stadiums don't reach the quality of world cup for example Uganda, my country for the standard of its stadiums, only one of them can be used of which it is not that sufficient so hosting big sporting events like world cup requires a country with a standard stadium, standard accommodation, and social service eg. transport.

    If people or teams disagree with where an event is hosted, they can do the following;
    - look at why they are disagreeing to the suggested venue .
    -then they can look at possible solutions to what is causing the disagreement about where to host the event.
    -if they can't get a solution to the cause of the disagreement, then they can try to change the venue if possible but if not, they just have to withstand.

  • valuable_watermelon | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 27 Nov 2022

    Qatar hosted the World Cup, as it cost Qatar a lot to host such a big event other than the cost of the sports stadium. Other expenses were spent, such as repairing streets, developing roads, and working on and developing tourist hotels. It cost a lot of money to host the World Cup and in terms of climate. The World Cup times of the year were set at times when the weather was from mild to warm, away from the summer heat, and it was a good choice.

  • emotional_meaning | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria 28 Nov 2022

    I agree with the host country because these has opened an exciting opportunity for them to host such a big event and also to contest in it. This event has also made an opportunity for citizens of Qatar to participate in football. The world cup being held their is also going to open doors for tourism, economic partnership and also a good source of government revenue. It also advertises how technological Qatar has gone(Lusail Stadium ).

  • reflective_journalist | Rafah Prep A Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 28 Nov 2022

    Considering that I love football and wish to go to Qatar to attend the World Cup 2022, but as a Palestinian citizen it is not easy to obtain a visa to go to Qatar, and this is a reason that encourages me to say: Why does Palestine not host the next World Cup, but this thing is impossible in light of the economic conditions political and material. But if the World Cup is held in Palestine, this will return to my country with many benefits and positives, that is, the world will recognize it and it will become a country full of tourists, and we will have the opportunity to participate in the global tournament. The cup and enjoy watching it, as well as raising the general economy of my country, Palestine, and presenting the culture and history of my country to tourists,

  • lovely_alligator | Boutcher CofE Primary B | United Kingdom 28 Nov 2022

    I don’t agree with the World Cup being held in Qatar due to the controversy and issues going on eg:sustainability of equipment or how they come to harsh terms for community’s like LGBTQ+ or even not fairly deserving to be chosen

  • charming_weaver | Shri Natesan Vidyasala Mhss | India 29 Nov 2022

    There are several reasons for which Qatar shouldn't have hosted the FIFA World Cup.
    1. Because of its extreme weather conditions, the stadiums have to have enhanced cooling system. Thus, once again an event of this scale contributing to emission of greenhouse gases and climate change.
    2. For most countries, Football is their religion. They breathe the game. Given that, it would only be natural for them to witness the event of this grand scale. However, with Qatar known for its strict rules and restrictions, it has been spoiling the mood of the audience.
    3. While consumption of alcohol is wrong in their country, they cannot force others to follow too, especially in an event like FIFA. If that be the case, why should they even bid to host
    4. So is their laws on LGBTQ community. While no body says anything against their laws for their countrymen, when you welcome all to your country to watch the most awaited event of the Globe, it is essential that you don't force your rules, laws on them.
    5. This country is also known for its human rights violation. How many stories we have heard in our country, as to how they exploit the migrant workers. Paying them pittance, treating them much worse than any living species, unimaginable working hours and living conditions!
    Qatar shouldn't be hosting FIFA. It has only opened up can of worms!
    Similarly, like China, which is known for being a closed country, with strict rules and laws, Qatar too is a country which is unfit to host such global events. Money has taken over mankind.

  • industrious_sealion | High Lawn Primary School | United Kingdom 29 Nov 2022

    I think that it shouldn't be held in Qatar because the weather is too hot and the players might run out of energy

  • industrious_sealion | High Lawn Primary School | United Kingdom 29 Nov 2022

    People is dying whilst working to build the stadium in Qatar

  • illuminated_chameleon | Mayflower Centre | Romania 30 Nov 2022

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    1. What do you think about the controversy? Why?
    I think Qatar should not have been allowed to host the World Cup because they said they made improvements for their country. Indeed, they improved their infrastructure: they built highways, stadiums and other facilities. But they still have to improve the human rights and life conditions and make the country a better place not only for families with big or medium incomes, but also for poor people and people from minorities.

    2. Should any country be allowed to host a big sporting event like the World Cup? Why or why not?
    I do not think any country should be allowed to host a big sporting event like the World Cup because poor countries and countries facing disasters have other, more urgent problems to spend money on(if they even have the money), and I am pretty sure hosting such an extravagant and big event is not their top priority.

    3. What could people or teams do if they disagree with where an event is hosted?
    If they disagree with where an event is hosted, people or teams could protest on social media, write to FIFA and justify their answers, but not using violence or insults.
    Challenge question:
    One other example could be Russia, who was criticised at the Winter Olympics in 2014 for their strict measures against the LGBT. I do not think the situation in Qatar is different to what happened with Russia.

    Also, in the lesson we have also learned about the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE on Qatar, and it made me think about the years before World War One, when Serbia was in a similar situation. Austria Hungary, on wich Serbia was sligthly dependent, imposed a trade embargo because they were afraid that Serbia would become too strong. But, that embargo, instead of damaging the Serbians’ economy, improved it, as Serbia founded new trade routes and comercial agreements with other countries. The same thing happened to Qatar.

  • funny_lute | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria 01 Dec 2022

    I actually feel it is not just about hosting anywhere. Every country should be given the chance to host. There are many people who would love to go to the world cup, but they cannot, why? because for instance, here in Nigeria the economy is not easy and paying for Visa is really expensive and not everyone can afford to pay for a Visa to travel to another country.

  • bustling_iceberg | College Edouard Manet | France 01 Dec 2022

    I believe that holding the world cup in Qatar is a bad idea because it genrales noise pollutions and the air conditioning is not very good for the planet.

  • bustling_iceberg | College Edouard Manet | France 01 Dec 2022

    To my mind, it could shill be a good idea from a buisines point of view because there are more tourists more hotels, and consequently are more and more jobs available.

  • strong_orca | Lyons Hall Primary School C | United Kingdom 02 Dec 2022

    im not sure it is a good idea for Qatar to host the world cup the human rights issuse are a problem

  • wonderful_lime | Maritime Academy | United Kingdom 02 Dec 2022

    I personally agree because i believe that Qatar shouldn't be a suitable country in the world cup because of all the controversy surrounding it, I think that a massive group of people have been left out of going to the world cup just because of their sexuality, as someone who is a part of the LGBT community, I think it's really not fair to a massive proportion of people who do support the teams who play in the world cup and how they can't go to support them, Qatar isn't suitable either because the country's really small for millions of people to go watch the world cup and imagine how the locals would feel who live in Qatar. I believe that someone will always have a different view to the world cup and i do think we should all be respectful about it.

  • charming_banana | Maritime Academy | United Kingdom 02 Dec 2022

    I do not agree to host the World Cup in Qatar because of Qatar's violation of human rights and that it is not one of the top 10 countries in the world, the temperature of the weather is high and it does not have a global sports façade.
    I think that Germany should host the World Cup because it won 4 tournaments in the World Cup and is one of the top 10 countries in the world and it is the only country in the world to win the World Cup for women and men and that its stadiums are large

  • thankful_river | Futures Hurghada Language School | Egypt 03 Dec 2022

    I don't agree with people who say that Qatar is not the suitable place to host the world cup. why cant Qatar host it ?
    because of the high temperature it's not a significant reason as it is being held in winter , which will solve the heat problem, on the contrary, the weather will be just fine.
    Second reason is , Qatar is an Islamic country and strict Islamic law doesn't accept LGBTQ so that why they don't allow it. The whole world should learn to accept and respect the differences between our beliefs, cultures and traditions,
    You can't go to any European country and ask it to change it's rules because it doesn't suit you or your beliefs.. so if the fifa gave Qatar this chance to host the football world cup then we all should accept to visit this beautiful country and respect its culture and beliefs.
    It is a big opportunity and Qatar has done well so far, they have improved many things , built a lot of stadiums and hotels and they spent more than 220 billion. its a huge amount of money. do you think Qatar would have build all of that without the world cup. I think no and due to this their economical state will suffer if we prevent them from the benefits of the event they did a great deal to present in a very professional way.

  • brilliant_orca | Sydenham School B | United Kingdom 05 Dec 2022

    I think that Qatar hosting the World Cup isn't necessarily a bad thing, as long as they can respect the beliefs of other countries who do support the LGBTQ community. If you're not willing to be flexible with your beliefs, why host a major sporting event where you're going to run into different opinions? I think that it's important to let the players and fans be proud of their beliefs, opinions and sexual orientation, no matter where they are.

  • generous_physics | Cheam Fields Primary Academy | United Kingdom 07 Dec 2022

    I think this controversy is needed because many people have different opinions.

    I think that any country that follows a certain criteria should be allowed to host a big sports event, because if the country is paying it's workers and is following human rights, they should be allowed to host the tournament.

    I was on the Live Topical Talk and my class mostly agreed that fans might boycott the tournament, which I think would be really successful, because if Qatar is not following human rights and is jailing journalists who speak out( this is called censorship) the fans might decide to not come which would make Qatar have spent 300 billion dollars on absolutely nothing. It may also force Qatar to become a better country.

    Some people think that Qatar bribed the FIFA company to change the results, because Qatar isn't even in the top 100 teams.

  • diplomatic_journalist | Garden High School | India 07 Dec 2022

    I agree because Quatar is a middle eastern country where the climate is not suitable for Europeans to play football as most of the nations in the wc are European nations
    World Cup is a time of celebrations by partying, drinks and music. However none of these are allowed and hence reducing the overall joy of the world for which people had to wait for 4 years. People might argue that it is Quatar's culture and we should not destroy it. If this is the case, then the world cup should not have been hosted in Quatar itself in the first place.
    Club seasons are scheduled in world cup years and organized keeping in mind the world cup. Due to the extreme climate in Quatar, the world cup has been shifted to November and hence hampering the schedules of major leagues in the world. Due to this many important players for teams have missed the world cup due to injury. For example Sadio Mane for Senegal who was the reason for Senegal's qualification in this world cup. This happened because he was playing the Bundesliga and the Champions league and its seasons just ended before the world cup

  • delightful_assumption | Lyons Hall Primary School F | United Kingdom 08 Dec 2022

    I think that they are going to tumble and crumble the old hotels to pieces clean it up and after the whole World Cup they will nock everything down and that will be 500million wasted