To introduce, In 2010, the Middle-Eastern country of Qatar won the rights to host the World Cup in 2022. It is pretty outstanding because it is the first Arab country to ever host the World Cup, but why did it only worsen the reputation of Qatar? In preparation for this huge event where millions of people were going to flood into Qatar and watch this once every 4 year competition, Qatar built new stadiums, hotels, towns, and hired an incredible amount of volunteers. It seems like the country was looking forward for this and wanted to do all they could, but why are people still unhappy with the choice of country?
To begin with, the country of Qatar is notorious for its violations of human rights. The attention towards Qatar has only made these issues come to light and spark more attention. This country is widely known for the disrespect and distreatment towards those who are homosexual or apart of the LGBTQ+ community. People who are homosexual could face time in prison and harrassment, as well as be forced into conversion therapy. The violations towards human rights could potentially put people who are visiting to watch the world cup into jail, or visitors could also fear or worry that they will be harrassed for their sexuality.
Secondly, the health and wellbeing of the players are at risk. The temperatures in Qatar are known to be incredibly high, and although they rescheduled the event to November, this can still be an issue for players. Typically, the World Cup is to take place in the summer, but to alter a player's busy schedule is not taking into consideration their life outside of soccer and what's going on in it. Also player preparation is at risk here, for the training and preparation time that the player was given this year was far too condensed. This would definitely have worn them out and can result in an injury for the player.
Lastly, to go back to what I was saying in the first paragraph and introduction, the abuse of human rights and workers was brought to attention in Qatar. They also abused their workers who were assisting in the creation and reconstruction of stadiums and buildings in Qatar. The workers had to work under harsh conditions under scorching temperatures. As a result, many have died from causes like heart failure and cardiac arrest. This is a classic case of unfair labor practices and overworking.
So as you can see, the unfair treatment towards those who are homosexual, the inconsideration towards the player's health, and the overworking of workers are all reasons towards why hosting the World Cup in Qatar is so argued against. Forcing and harrassing homosexual people into conversion therapy and jails is unfortunately common in Qatar, and so is the overworking of migrant workers to death under harsh temperatures and unsafe working conditions. Also the ignorance towards the soccer player's health and lives outside of soccer are all reasons why Qatar's hosting of the World Cup is so controversial. Is this really a good look for the legacy of the first Arab country to host the world cup?