FIFA World Cup 2022
Conflicts are very rampant in the day-to-day lives and are mostly between two opposing parties. Mostly conflict occurs when one party disagrees and threatens the needs, interests, or concerns of the opposing party with a certain eventuality. In this case, speculation is that the world football governing body, FIFA, made an inconsiderable decision in awarding Qatar as the host of the World Cup event in 2022. The World Cup being as a big event in the football and world calendar, the vetting process should be accompanied with very high scrutiny and upholding of standards for the candidates. Clearly, in this bidding process, none of these was upheld thus raising the propaganda followed by conflict and proposition of another bidding process. This paper aims at examining whether FIFA should consider stripping Qatar the rights to host this upcoming soccer competition (Hunt, 2006).
The process of bidding for the World Cup hosts has been carried out with no bias or prejudice shown to any country. Therefore, all countries have fair and equal chances of winning the bid. The contentious bidding process is alleged to have been illegitimate from the fact that the former vice president of FIFA, Jack Warner, had received money directly through payments from a company headed by an unknown Qatari football official. These documents lead to the questioning of the Qatari bid and bringing to book of unscrupulous individuals in the football body. The documents also show that the payment from Bin Hamman was processed by the bank based in New York (Brannagan & Giulianotti, 2014). The following fueled the mockery in legitimacy of Qatar’s win to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 even in legislative bodies. For instance, Damian Collins is recorded stating that Qatar should be denied the right to host the event in the case the FBI’s investigations reveal that they had manipulated the bidding process. He further continues to claim that those reports would only imply that awarding Qatar the right to host the tournament was money based and not for sporting reasons, which would have been wrong. Others in support of Damian’s views echo the same, and call for a review of the performances and working ethics of FIFA’s top officials to ascertain that they are not corrupt (Bryant, Newell, Watt, & Rums, 2014).
Despite this anomaly in the bidding process, Qatar is underway in major development projects in order to have a flawless hosting of the 2022 World Cup (Wilson, 2011). Qatar being the home of the Al Jazeera broadcasting corporation is increasing the power and reach of its media coverage by building and installing more modern telecommunication infrastructure and subsidizing the process of Telecast broadcasts. In fact, this has seen the capital, Doha, being turned into an architectural oasis of astonishing beauty. This elegance and good gesture are not enough to hide what happens in the dark. Having the work on the stadia, roads, railways, and hospitality infrastructure just started and the concern of the people tirelessly working day and night in these construction sites does not justify that Qatar should host the 2022 World Cup. After all, Qatar’s national football team has never qualified for any FIFA World Cup competition and it only makes sense if World Cup is hosted by a nation that has a sensible possibility to qualify for the tournament by them (Hunt 2006).
If FIFA fails to bring this wobble amicably to a halt and allow Qatar to proceed in hosting the World Cup, other nations might perpetrate the same act, which would go a long way to discrediting the esteem associated with hosting the World Cup or tarnishing the reputation behind the World Cup itself. On the other hand, if Qatar is barred from hosting the World Cup and the bid is reposted, the country that would later win the bid may be left with inadequate time to prepare for the 2022 World Cup (Wilson 2011).
In my opinion, Qatari officials bribed an official of FIFA to succeed in hosting the World Cup 2022 and, in this regard, the bid for Qatar hosting the World Cup ought to be revoked. Since the facts that have been laid out are very clear, if I were one of the lead characters in this case, I would strongly rebuke Qatar’s football governing body for attempting to win the bid to host the World Cup through corrupt means. More pressure continues to mount on FIFA, as the decision will be irreversible once preparations have commenced. Despite the unlikelihood of Qatar been stripped off the opportunity to host the tournament even after such injustice and irregularities, someone still has to stand and be accountable for what is right. I propose FIFA ban Qatar from hosting the event based on corruption, as I strongly believe that Qatari officials did bribe an official of FIFA to get a favor. To sum it up, the sooner that FIFA acts in solving this standoff, the better in order to give the next host plenty of time to prepare adequately.
Brannagan, P. M., & Giulianotti, R. (2014). Qatar, Global Sport and the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Leveraging Legacies for Sports Mega-Events, 1(1), 154.
Bryant, B., Newell, C., Watt, H., & Rums, B. (2014). Qatar World Cup 2022 investigation: Fifa chief investigator to interview bid committee members. The Telegraph.
Hunt, C. (2006). The history of the FIFA World Cup: World Cup stories. London: Interact Pub.
Wilson, B. (2011). World Cup 2022 challenges for Qatar to tackle. Business reporter, BBC News.