I remember hearing Morgan Freeman speak on the USA’s behalf at the bidding of the 2022 World Cup.
It was elegant, moving, and contained all the power and persuasion that comes with a classic performance form the treasured actor.
Despite the slight mishap when he accidentally skipped a page, he no doubt captured the audience and put the USA close to the top of the list. However, it wasn’t close enough.
Qatar was granted the 2022 World Cup, much to the surprise almost everyone watching. For a few years, the consequences of the World Cup being granted to Qatar were lost on many, but all of that has changed in just the past few weeks.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has expressed his concern about holding the competition in the summer heat of Qatar, stating that it should be moved to the winter months.
One cannot help but think that this should have been thought about before they accepted Qatar’s bid. There’s an obvious reason why the summer Olympics are never held in extreme areas, it’s dangerously too hot.
But now that the location cannot be changed, we must look forward and figure out how to fix the problems at hand.
The scale of the World Cup is not as large as that of the Olympics, allowing the architects to focus solely on creating cool, potentially energy-efficient air-conditioned stadiums.
Many cities with similar climates have sports stadiums that work fine in the summer heat, though they might be a bit smaller than the stadiums we will see in Qatar.
Besides the stadiums, the general heat of the country will not be as dangerous as we might think.
With the right preparation and hydration, the summer highs will only be a nuisance instead of a deterrent. As someone that lives in a city with the same climate, I can say that there is nothing a cleverly placed cooling system and a bit of shade cannot fix.
Additionally, moving the competition to wintertime will heavily interrupt domestic leagues worldwide, essentially ridding them of their best players for weeks. Moving the 2022 World Cup from the summer to the winter is unreasonable and infeasible.
This issue is one that should have been raised before Qatar’s bidding. Instead, it was blatantly ignored and now FIFA has to deal with the consequences of their ignorance.
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