The eyes of the entire world are on the Arabian Peninsula. While 2022 World Cup in Qatarto comply with daily on Europe 1 official radio, began on November 20, the specialist in geopolitics of sport Jean-Baptiste Guégan takes inventory of the “soft power” of the emirate by means of this World Cup. A Qatari version which has already triggered quite a lot of ink to movement due to the dying of many staff in the building of stadiums, the air con in the enclosures and even the the ban on the sale of beer near stadiums.
At the microphone ofEurope noon Weekend, Jean-Baptiste Guégan stresses that that is an “exceptional World Cup, disproportionate on all fronts – stakes, media coverage, criticism – so we are not immune to problems occurring” , he says to Lénaïg Monier. “We are also not immune to real difficulties on the spot,” he provides.
A piece on “the present and also the future”
If the group of such an occasion is a problem for Qatar, whose space is barely smaller than that of Île-de-France, the emirate is getting down to conquer an “image issue”. The Qataris “are working on the present and also the future. They have every interest in ensuring that things go as well as possible, and they do everything for that”, notes the sports activities geopolitics specialist, writer of a printed atlas printed by Otherwise.
However, Jean-Baptiste Guégan believes that between “the ban on the sale of alcohol two days before the start, and the history of supporters paid to come, then all the problems that have accompanied this World Cup since the designation of Qatar , it’s still not won”.
Organizing efficiently regardless of many obstacles
In actuality, for the geopolitician of sport, “obtaining this World Cup is already a victory. The fact that (the Qataris) manage to organize it is a second”, he assures, recalling during which context is the group of the 2022 World Cup for the emirate. “Between the blockade of golf between 2017 and 2021, the Covid crisis, there were a lot of obstacles, in addition to criticism. Organizing it is already the icing on the cake, afterwards, this must demonstration is going well”, tempers Jean-Baptiste Guégan.
The specialist remembers that Qatar “has put a lot of resources to make this happen”. Indeed, in line with the newest estimates of Sports Front Officethe fuel emirate spent more than 220 billion dollars (about 210 billion euros).
“Presumably, the world will follow” this World Cup
If calls for a boycott have been quite a few, particularly in Western nations, the sports activities geopolitician anticipates good audiences for the competitors. “Presumably, the world will follow (this World Cup). (…) When you look at Africa, Asia and the rest of the world, the question of the boycott does not arise. People want to see the first football event of selections. We will see if there will be problems, but experience proves that people will watch”, analyzes Jean-Baptiste Guégan for Europe 1.
However, in sporting phrases, the 2022 World Cup acquired off to a foul begin for the Qatar nationwide crew. The emirate’s players lost as soon as they entered the fray against Ecuador (2-0)in a match the place they had been clearly dominated by their opponents. The Qatari selection will search to keep away from disillusionment with Senegal and the Netherlands, their subsequent opponents in Group A.