The EU should boycott the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Author: sarahwornow7 | Last modified: Jan. 23, 2018, 5:53 a.m.


PRO (3 arguments)

Defintions:

Boycott: withdraw from commercial or social relations with (a country, organization, or person) as a punishment or protest.

1. Claim: Qatar is using modern day slavery to build the massive infrastructure, so it is harming the people of Qatar.
Warrant:

If there are hundreds of other countries where the World Cup could take place, why choose a country that is literally killing and torturing its workers to build a stadium they are obviously unfit to build? The lives of hundreds of people are more important than a soccer tournament that could be held anywhere in the world. According to documents obtained from the Nepalese embassy in Doha, at least 44 workers died between June 4, 2014 and August 8, 2014. More than half died of heart attacks, heart failure or workplace accidents. According to the Guardian, Some Nepalese men have alleged that they have not been paid for months and have had their salaries retained to stop them running away. Some workers on other sites say employers routinely confiscate passports and refuse to issue ID cards, making them illegal aliens, making it impossible for them to escape without being incarcerated. Some labourers say they have been denied access to free drinking water in the desert heat. About 30 Nepalese sought refuge at their embassy in Doha to escape the brutal conditions of their employment solely in the beginning of the construction in 2014."We'd like to leave, but the company won't let us," said one Nepalese migrant employed at Lusail City development. The Guardian’s investigation also found that workers building the stadium had to sleep with 12 men in one room, and they constantly get sick because of the horrific conditions and filth in their workplace. Other workers said they were forced to work long hours in temperatures of up to 50C (122F) without access to drinking water.

Impact:

The impact is that hundreds of thousands of people will be supporting a country that tortures its people and dehumanizes them in utterly cruel ways. If the EU boycotts the World Cup and openly bashes it and refuses to provide services to help build the stadium, they are saving hundreds of lives. The World Cup is important, but the lives of humans are more important.

Sources:

The Guardian and The Workers

2. Claim: Qatar is fighting in the Saudi Arabian led intervention in yemen for Yemen.
Warrant:

The EU should not allow such a big event such as the world cup to be held in a country with a role in a huge war with Saudi Arabia. In 2014 5,154,386 people attended the fifa world cup in Brazil. Having so many people in a country vulnerable to attacks from Saudi Arabia the 24th strongest military rated globalfirepower.com Also having the world cup in Qatar is sending the wrong political message if the world cup in held in Qatar it will raise a lot of income to a government who will spend it all on war.It also shows that fifa and the Eu supports war within the world. In 2015 qatar deployed 1,000 Qatar Armed Forces soldiers, backed by 200 armoured vehicles and 30 Apache helicopters, head to Yemen's Maareb  province. Qatar deploys 1,000 ground troops to fight in Yemen. Qatar Armed Forces soldiers, backed by 200 armoured vehicles and 30 Apache helicopters, head to Yemen's Maareb province.More Qatari troops are reportedly heading into Yemen with the aim of securing the Jawf governorate. Around 1,000 soldiers from Qatar's Armed Forces have been deployed to Yemen, as part of the Arab coalition's fight against Houthi rebels. An Al Jazeera journalist, reporting from the Saudi-Yemen border, said the troops were backed by more than 200 armoured vehicles and 30 Apache combat helicopters from Qatar.
The troops are now reportedly heading to Yemen's Maareb province, to join the Saudi-led coalition already fighting in the area. Also more Qatari forces are expected, with the aim of securing the Jawf governorate.The news comes as coalition forces pounded the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa with air strikes following the killing of 60 Gulf soldiers in a rebel missile attack. The United Arab Emirates had pledged to quickly avenge its heaviest ever military loss, after 45 of its soldiers were killed in a strike from Qatari soldiers, along with 10 Saudis and five Bahrainis, as well as four Yemeni troops."Our revenge shall not take long," Emirati media quoted Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed as warning."We will press ahead until we purge Yemen of the scum."A  bombardment in September 2015 was one of the heaviest of the six-month-old air campaign. 
Coalition warplanes hit military bases on the capital's Nahdain and Fajj Attan hills and the neighbouring presidential complex, south of Sanaa, as well as a special forces headquarters.
Also targeted were Houthi  in the northern areas of Sufan and al-Nahda, forcing scores of residents to flee, and rebel positions near the Saudi and Emirati embassies, witnesses told the AFP news agency. Upwards of 4,500 people have been killed in the Yemen conflict, including hundreds of children, according to the UN which has warned that the country is on the brink of famine.

Impact:

Since Qatar is so heavily involved in this war it is not a good idea to hold on of the biggest world events in a country with active involvement in a huge war.

Sources:

aljazeera.com globalfirepower.com

3. Claim: Qatar won its World Cup bid unfairly.
Warrant:

The EU should definitely boycott the 2022 World Cup because it was a flawed if not illegal bid that allowed Qatar to host the World Cup. According to sources such as the New York Times, BBC, ESPN and more, Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president, accepted a $100 mil. bribe that helped Qatar win the bid for the ‘22 World Cup. Other high ranking FIFA officials such as Jeffrey Webb, Chuck Blazer, Aaron Davidson, and more were also arresting regarding the 2022 bid. So far 22 FIFA officials have been found guilty of corruption regarding the Qatar 2022 bid. Just because Qatar is a very rich country and capable of bribing FIFA officials, doesn’t mean they should be able to host the World Cup. In fact, it means quite the opposite. Qatar should get stripped of the ability to host and be further punished for their irrational and quite frankly illegal ways to try to get the bid. An FBI investigation should not be necessary to figure out which country can hold the World Cup, but yet it is. Qatar is clearly corrupt and shouldn't be allowed to host.

Impact:

The EU should most definitely boycott the 2022 World Cup because of the flawed process which occurred to allow it to be hosted in Qatar. The World Cup should be getting held in South Korea, Australia, the US or Japan instead of Qatar. The EU should boycott the 2022 World Cup to draw attention to the cruelty of the circumstances in Qatar and the unjust bidding process that occurred.



CON (4 arguments)

1. Claim: Even though Qatar has trouble with human rights the EU should not boycott so they can show a good example for human rights.
Warrant:

The EU should not boycott because the only thing they are doing (when boycotting) are abandoning Qatar while they need the help to get through their human right issues. Like other Persian Gulf nations, Qatar has sponsorship laws, which have been widely criticized as "modern-day slavery”. According to businessinsider.com some of the big issues of the 2022 Fifa World Cup is money and human rights. Though Qatar does have a problem with human rights if the EU backs out the EU will look like they don't care for human abuse. Though if the EU does not boycott they could show an example for giving rights to the humans of Qatar. Judge if the EU backs out they are only showing a bad example and hurting the people of Qatar even more. The EU needs to go to show an example of the right thing to do.

Impact:

If the EU boycotts the 2022 Fifa World Cup it would only look bad for the EU who abandoned a country they should be helping . Judge, if Qatar is practicing abuses such as “modern day slavery” the EU needs to do something about this. The best way for the EU to stop the human rights abuses is by staying involved. Judge every time the EU has been involved with an issue it has been solved or almost solved so obviously the EU should not boycott the 2022 World Cup and should instead influence Qatar to change it’s ways. On paper boycotting the World Cup sounds good but the best way to ensure change is to stay engaged with Qatar. Adding on to the point the EU will always be associated with human rights abuses. The EU’s second trading partner is China which is notorious for human rights abuses.

Sources:

businessinsider.com

2. Claim: A majority of the Persian Gulf countries will economically benefit greatly from the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Warrant:

FIFA’s decision to choose the State of Qatar to host the World Cup is not only a historic precedent, choosing an Arab country for the first time for one of the largest competitions and sports events in the world, but also carries with it enormous economic aspects. Qatar aims to get more and more independent from oil and gas and hosting the World Cup is another big step forward to it. The state will try to figure out, how it can benefit from the World Cup also after 2022. 

To make use of the increasing tourist facilities Qatar is planning to develop the country to a tourism hub. It is, however, expected that many tourists will also stay in the neighboring countries and travel to the games from there. Because fossil fuels are projected to run out in 2023(Oil is Qatar’s main source of income) Qatar needs to change its entire economy and fast. What better way to do that than have the second largest sports event in the world(Following the olympics) effectively turning Qatar into a tourist hub for at least 2 months. Not only that, but the new change of economy is bringing hospitals to be built in Qatar, according to The Guardian. This change will benefit Qatar in every way possible.

Impact:

Not only with this change Qatar’s economy for the better, but it will convince the entire country to build railroads, airports, and even hospitals. So obviously there are no downsides to having the 2022 World Cup and it helps Qatar greatly, so we shouldn’t boycott it.

Sources:

CNN, NY times, LA times

3. Claim: The World Cup is an important event that unifies countries. The EU boycotting it would not help unify countries, it would break countries apart.
Warrant:

Soccer is the most popular sport worldwide, and it is a big deal in a lot of countries. The World Cup is the most important worldwide soccer event, and it unifies people from all over the world. A lot of very different people come together through this soccer event, and it is a chance for people and countries to unite. If the EU were to boycott this event, it would undo a lot of the unification that happens at the World Cup. The World Cup should be a place where countries come together, not where countries argue. The location of the World Cup should not change this. According to World Atlas, an estimated 4 billion people follow soccer around the globe. Judge, that is over half of the world's population. Soccer is by far the most popular sport worldwide, with over 1 billion more fans than any other sport, and the FIFA World Cup is the most important soccer event. That is a big deal. This event means something to over half of the world’s population. Abandoning this is useless, whether the World Cup is in Qatar or not.

Impact:

If the EU boycotted the FIFA World Cup, millions or even billions of people would be disappointed. Also, what should be an amazing sports event would be abandoned and lose its power to unify soccer fans from all around the world. If Qatar is not an ideal place to hold the World Cup people can figure out solutions, but boycotting it should not be the solution. People need to remember the importance of the World Cup.

Sources:

worldatlas.com, Biggest Global Sports

4. Claim: Qatar could make one of the best stadiums in modern history.
Warrant:

Qatar is the richest country in the world. This means Qatar can make amazing stadiums that can bring a new form of beauty to the world. They have a lot of money that they can spend. Spending it on the World Cup is a great way to spend those loads of money. There is no way that the stadiums will fail, neither can the revenue. The plans and previously built stadiums are amazing, exotic, and magnificent with beautiful designs, new technology, and fascinating architecture. In no way should the EU boycott such an outstanding opportunity to play in some of the world's best stadiums. Qatar is the richest country in the world, with $146,000 per capita. Judge, to put it in perspective, the United States has $57,000 per capita, and America is worth 23 million dollars. That means Qatar has more than double than the US. It worth about 58 TRILLION dollars today. With that type of money, 12 architecturally beautiful and amazing stadiums would be amazing. It costs about 13 billion to do all of the stadiums average. With the amount of money Qatar has, the can go above and beyond on the stadiums.

Impact:

Judge, with the amount of money Qatar has and the amount it costs to make 12 average stadiums, and taking a look at all of the plans, these stadiums are going to be amazing. So amazing I bet that the entire world will want to get on this, including the EU. So why should the EU boycott this and lose the opportunity to play in probably some of the best stadiums the world has ever seen and bask in all of its money filled glory. The EU should not boycott something so unbelievable and lose such an amazing opportunity to see inspiring stadiums and have new experiences that Europe needs. It's the next step towards more amazing buildings.

Sources:

thegulfblog.com, worldstopmost.com, cheatsheet.com