Sports Is Not All Sports For SomeLast weekend, after watching Germany beat Argentina to take the World Cup, I found out something very disturbing. Did you know that the 2022 World Cup would be hosted by Qatar? Don’t worry, my wife had never heard of the place until I told her. There is some speculation that one of the big honchos of FIFA actually spent millions in bribes to get Qatar to host it as he’s from there. Totally expected. It’s sports, it’s corrupt as a two-headed coin. But that’s not what disturbed me.
What disturbed me was hearing that over 900 people had already died building infrastructure for this highly-coveted game. 900! Hey, and that’s since 2012! The International Trade Union Confederation estimated that at least 4000 will die before kickoff. Nice! All for what? I know that deaths on construction sites are facts of life but when it’s actually factored in like the rising price of steel, that’s unnerving. In comparison, only about 15 workers died preparing Brazil to host this past World Cup, also, only 25 died preparing Sochi for Summer Olympics. Only. That’s how it was reported. Only. Isn’t one lost life already one too many?
So next time we sit down to watch Olympics and the World Cup and see so many happy people having fun, maybe we should take a minute to reflect on the lost lives that made it possible. About Qatar, maybe we should voice our concerns in various media and bring this to light. Is it really worth it? Is it worth dying, or killing for?
Just My Take.