By Faisal Abdulhameed al-Mudahka/Editor-in-Chief
When His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani obtained the host’s mantle for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Moscow yesterday, it marked a significant milestone in the annals of the worldwide soccer match that might be held 4 years from now in Qatar.
On 2 December 2010, Qatar was pretty awarded the honour of internet hosting the 2022 World Cup, beating off bids from the US, Australia, Japan, and South Korea. The shocking, but deserved, victory made Qatar the primary Center Japanese nation to host soccer’s largest match – from November 21 to December 18.
The achievements deriving from Qatar internet hosting the 2022 World Cup complement the quite a few constructive outcomes generated by the mushy energy and public diplomacy the nation has been practising for many years. As indicated in the article and in different regional and worldwide experiences, this achievement is a partial translation of Qatar’s outlook in direction of a vibrant and thriving region.
In different phrases, Qatar has been in a position to be a glowing and profitable function mannequin in the region via investing in mushy energy tasks like Qatar Basis, Qatar Funding Authority, Qatar Airways, Aljazeera Media Community, beIN Sports activities, Qatar Media Company represented by Al Kass Sports activities channels and different large growth tasks. Including to that, Qatar has emerged as the biggest exporter of LNG in the world. Following this path, Qatar presents itself as an inspiring mannequin for different international locations in the region to comply with in its footsteps.
Sadly although, whereas the optimism is at its fullest, the internet hosting nation nonetheless has to overcome the various hurdles created by the Gulf disaster of 2017. Though the siege didn’t have an effect on the preparations for the match, the psychological influence of it has left an enormous shock on the individuals of the region.
One 12 months has handed because the disaster was ‘created’ however Qatar nonetheless holds a agency perception that the Kuwaiti mediation will work and that folks of the region can have the fantastic alternative of experiencing an distinctive and distinctive match that brings collectively individuals not solely of the identical faith and tradition, but additionally races, beliefs, and ideologies.
Consequently of the disaster, many soccer followers from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt have missed the golden alternative of collaborating in 2022 World Cup initiatives and programmes launched by the Supreme Committee for Supply and Legacy (SC), the physique answerable for organising the match. They have been additionally disadvantaged of the World Cup-related enterprise and large job alternatives, a loss for not solely our buddies and brothers in the ‘blockade quartet’, but additionally for all in the GCC and the region as an entire.
There may be all the time hope that the disaster will finish quickly, and that folks from in all places in the region might be allowed by their governments to benefit from the once-in-a-lifetime and first-ever World Cup expertise in the Center East.
Alongside followers’ welfare Qatar needs this match to be a great reconciliation alternative for the region. For many years now, wars have taken their toll on nations and states alike. Generations of younger individuals have been wasted in civil and sectarian conflicts waged in the identify of ideologies. The hope now that a global occasion just like the World Cup occurring in the region will carry with it nations and other people collectively from in all places. It’s a strong perception in the ability of sport to carry peoples collectively.
In step with that, the internet hosting nation Qatar, represented by the SC, is transferring forward with a grand technique that goals to create a “lasting legacy for Qatar, the Middle East, Asia and the world”. It’s a humane mission. In different phrases, Qatar deeply believes in the real energy, significance and worth of sport in the rapprochement between nations.
In opposition to this background and the wrapping up of the final section of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, large-scale preparations for the following version of the match are underway in Qatar. The Supreme Committee for Supply & Legacy guarantees to ship a beautiful match that would go away an enduring and fruitful legacy.
It’s a agency perception in Qatar’s coverage in direction of life that sport is a key software for humanity to take pleasure in good well being and a way to pursue a purposeful life. It’s the worth that His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani careworn again in March 2015 when he mentioned: “We are focusing a lot on sports as a policy in Qatar. We like sport. I personally think that it is good education for mind and body of our youth. We’ve been hosting big events for many years and we have a national sports day in Qatar; a holiday that everybody participates, including myself.”
Hopefully, Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup might be a platform for cultural understanding and can carry with it what is sweet for the Center East. The hope can be that the match might be Arabs’ welcoming gesture to the world.
As His Highness the Amir has been saying since 2010, the Qatar World Cup is all Arabs’ match to the world. Our region deserves a greater and steady state of affairs than the present one. The Arab nation is a superb nation that’s succesful of overcoming all of the disputes; and the FIFA match might be an ideal event for realising that perfect.