Qatar has been severely criticized for organizing the 2019 World Athletics tournament and faced doubts about the ability to successfully organize the 2022 World Cup finals.
According to AFP, perhaps the most critical off-track criticism of a 10-day sporting event came from the sight of the Khalifa Stadium almost devoid of spectators in the early days of the tournament. This fact raises concerns about the number of spectators attending the 2022 World Cup.
AFP cited Simon Chadwick, professor of sports business at the University of Salford, UK, saying: “It was a classic failure of a big event, thinking that” if organized, fans would The tomb will attend”. Mr. Chadwick noted that in the past, the audience at the 1976 and 2004 Olympics did not meet the organizers’ expectations despite the ambitious stadiums being built.
International Athletics Federation President (IAAF) Sebastian Coe was also criticized for the small audience in Doha (Qatar), even in the top content of 100m male and 100m female. “The number of spectators is a topic that is easier to talk about than some of the deeper content about the tournament”, Coe said, adding that what he considered was the negative media coverage.
The number of spectators improved after a week, when a large state-funded organization provided free tickets to Khalifa International Stadium. American athlete Jenny Simpson said, after the beginning of her 1,500m run: “Feeling completely different, having more energy”.
Although Western diplomats warn that Qata will be harshly judged for wrongdoing in the world track and field, Professor Chadwick said that Doha will not be confused by the criticism of numbers. amount of audience. Instead, Qatar will view the world athletics as a measure to strengthen security in the process of preparing to host the 2022 World Cup.
Qatar is embroiled in a two-year bitter diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE. These countries accuse Doha of supporting Iran and extremist Muslims, before cutting off diplomacy, which prohibits direct cargo routes, closes airspace on Qatar aircraft.
Mr Chadwick said he would become the host of major sporting events such as the world track and field, the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has a range of protection against some threats and added that FIFA would have to find a way to understand Doha’s ticketing strategy after witnessing the stadium be almost empty on a few days of athletics competition.
World Cup organizers in Qatar declined to comment on the challenge of selling tickets at the athletics tournament, but sought to dispel concerns related to the World Cup, including the price of alcohol in the gulf state. Conservative monarchy level. Another problem that always worries is the heat is too hot on the racetrack outside the stadium, when some athletes harshly condemned the organizers for hot sweaty weather and stifling moisture in the content of marathon and walking.