Qatar insensitive to 'skeptics', says head of World Cup organizing committee

"Qatar is long past the stage of responding to skeptics about its ability to host the World Cup"said Thursday Hassan al Thawadi, secretary general of the organizing committee of the next World Cup (November 20-December 18). "From day one, we were confident that our actions on the pitch would prove to everyone Qatar's ability to host a major tournament like the World Cup."he added in an interview with the Qatari agency QNA.

The tiny Gulf state and its 2.8 million people are gearing up to host the biggest event in their history. Over a million visitors are expected. Less than two months before the opening match (Qatar-Ecuador, November 20), the eight stadiums where the tournament matches will be played are ready.

Outstanding questions

On the other hand, the transport system and the question of accommodation constitute a major subject of questioning. Just like the question of immigrant workers, which has long been talked about. On Tuesday, various NGOs called the sponsors of the World Cup to support workers' compensation who have worked on the construction sites of the World Cup stadiums.

Respect for the rights of members of the LGBTQ communities is also at the heart of criticism against the Qatari World Cup. " Everyone is welcome ", however, insist the local authorities. They join the speech of the Emir of Qatar, who assured Tuesday that all visitors will be welcomed at the 2022 World Cup, "without discrimination".

The authorities also highlight the recent labor law reforms, including an increase in the minimum wage. The organizers also indicate that there will be enough accommodation to cope with the influx of visitors.

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