Friday, December 3, 2010

Qatar, Huh? Come on, FIFA.


Before I start ranting and bitching about how lame FIFA's decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar instead of the United States is, let me just share with you one passage I found from some random chicks blog describing what summers are like in the middle-eastern country:

I can't begin to explain the heat here! I have no idea how people survived in this country before Samsung and LG start selling airconditioners en mass.

Let me try to give you an idea of this heat if you're lucky enough not to be in Doha right now:

1. It's 11pm and I've just taken a shower. The sun has been down for about 5 hours now. When I turn on the cold water tap the water that comes out is uncomfortably hot. That's right - this is not water coming out of the water heater - this is water from the cold water tap. It's so hot from the sun that boiled the tanker that it stays in during the day (5 hours ago!) 
2. If I walk out of an airconditioned lobby with my sunglasses on they will immediately steam up (you won't believe it until you experience it!)
3. If I walk from the car park to the office block I feel as if I just took a shower - I'll be drenched in perspiration.
4. If I walk outside right now (at 11pm) it is hotter than any English summer midday I've ever experienced (even the heatwave) 
5. I have four airconditioners on in the house and I am still breaking a sweat.
So there are about five million reasons why the United States should have received the World Cup bid over Qatar (ever heard of it before today?), but I'm telling you, the fact that their summers average 115 degree temperatures is enough for me. Also terrible reasons for hosting the Cup in Qatar include the fact that nearly none of their stadiums are built yet, Qatar as a nation is going to be a terrible World Cup team (the host country automatically qualifies), and did I mention already that they are in the Middle East!

I don't want to be offensive here, but hosting the biggest sports tournament in the world doesn't seem like something a middle-eastern country that is smaller than Connecticut is capable of. Then again, I think that is exactly why FIFA chose them to host the 2022 World Cup. Lately when it comes to FIFA, the illogical has become the logical when they are making decisions. The World Cup in South Africa seemed like a bad idea at the time, but the fact that the Cup turned out successful is more reason why FIFA head Sepp Blatter went with unproven Qatar for 2022, and took Russia over more logical choices such as England and Spain for 2018. The whole theory of thinking outside of the box seems to be FIFA's end game right now, and one could argue that they did the same thing when they chose the United States to host back in 1994.

The biggest thing to take away from this announcement, besides the fact that is a terribly stupid one, is that FIFA wants to spread the game and impact countries that wouldn't normally be impacted, and that's ultimately why they chose Qatar. Even though America has better facilities, better transportation, a safer environment, and fan bases from every country in the tournament, FIFA decided to go with the underdog. Nevermind the fact that I'm sure Qatar bribed them with a shitload of money because there's no way in hell they should be hosting this tournament.

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