while most of the sports world is focused on Russia for the upcoming winter Olympics and the governments controversial anti gay laws little to no public attention is being paid to the human rights abuses and use of slaves to build stadiums and infrastructure in Qatar.
when fifa was voting on the 2018 and 2022 world cups in December 2010 many groups said Qatar didn’t have the man power to build the stadiums and highly likely slave labour would be imported. The Guardian newspaper has dug into the situation and found that tens of thousands of people from south east asia and Nepal have been brought into Qatar. For the 10 year period 2012 to 2022 human rights groups have estimated 4000 slave and migrant workers will die building the stadiums and related infrastructure.
We need to start asking fifa and other sports bodies to consider human rights in its biding process and not hope to change a country or turn a blind eye.