CEO of Qatar World Cup 2022 addresses criticism
Nasser Al Khater, the CEO of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, has stated that some of the criticisms of Qatar hosting the World Cup have political motivations, and he has urged against using the sporting event as a platform for political comments. Al Khater discussed ” What is behind the attack on Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup?” in an episode of Al Jazeera Channel’s “Lil Qissate Baqiya” (For the Rest of the Story) yesterday.
Al Khater claims that political motives lie behind criticism of the World Cup. “Some European countries believe that hosting FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM is their monopoly as they hosted 11 tournaments out of total 22,” stated Al Khater, who also said that everyone is welcome in Qatar but that they should respect our culture. After winning the privilege to host the major sporting event, he claimed that Qatar had to endure bitter battles. ” The campaigns had begun criticizing the size of Qatar, climate issue, legacy of football etc.”
He asserted that the campaigns supporting the Qatar World Cup 2022 have political objectives and are extremely racist because they questioned Qatar’s ability to compete with larger nations that, in their view, were more deserving of hosting the event than it is as a small Arab and Islamic state.