Violent clashes in Brazil, resulting from heavy-handedness from the police, attempting to control protests, have put the World Cup 2014 in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Qatar is facing labour union and weather problems ahead of the 2020 tournament.
Brazil is facing a plethora of problems ahead of hosting one of the world’s biggest sporting events. Only a year away, frustrations are mounting on all sides of the issues surrounding the developments being made for the FIFA World Cup 2014. As it stands, Brazil is massively behind on actually constructing the stadiums for the tournament and they only have until December to get it done, as construction gets halted in the winter due to the rainy season.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the ballooning costs of hosting the World Cup has taken its toll on the masses. Frustrations were taken out onto the streets as a smaller demonstration last week focused on the escalating costs of bus prices. After the disproportionate use of force in the form of rubber bullets, tear gas, and violent beatings by police, it is no surprise that anger is escalating. The protest scope has widen to include the poor quality of public services, the massive investment on the lavish sporting event, low standards of healthcare and just general unease about inequality and corruption.
Today marks the second day of huge demonstrations taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Belem, Belo Horizonte, and elsewhere. It is being reporting that over 200,000 people were in violent nationwide clashes. This story won’t be going away and we imagine it will be worse before it gets better, especially considering elections will be held directly after the World Cup in 2014.
Here’s looking at you Qatar 2020, who already have trade unions talking of trying to shore up worker’s right ahead of their event. Aside from that, they still can’t decide when they will host the event. Originally slotted for June 2020, many complain that it may be too hot, however Qatar 2022 World Cup committee Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi had this to say about the matter: "I've had many people come to Qatar during June and it wasn't the horror story people expected, that they would burst in flames. It's not Armageddon."
We’re sure this won’t be the last we will hear of this debate or the protests. More to come soon.