When Qatar was chosen to host the 2022 World Cup many people questioned the decision. With the event now facing a number of potential problems, how are insurers viewing the challenges—and should they be concerned? Intelligent Insurer investigates.
All sporting events tend to bring surprises and even shocks. In the case of the 2022 World Cup, however, the first shock came when the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) awarded the event to the country it said had made the best pitch to host the event—Qatar.
Qatar’s location in the Middle East meant that choosing it for the World Cup opened it up to immediate criticism. In the summer, the temperature can reach 36°C (96.8°F) at midday; in winter the lowest average temperature is around 17°C.
The temperature issue is important. In a sport as energetic and fast as football can be, the health of the players can be badly affected by adverse conditions, such as if it’s too hot—which can lead to heatstroke, dehydration, heat exhaustion and other conditions.
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Chris Nash, Sportscover, Tim Prifti, Tokio Marine Kiln, Europe, Asia-Pacific