World Cup 2022 will assist change stereotype about Muslims and Arabs: Panel

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will probably be a significant medium to appropriate unsuitable perceptions of Muslims, the Arab world and the Center East, panellists confused in the course of the Hamad Bin Khalifa College and Qatar College Joint Panel Session to advertise the World Affiliation for Sport Administration (WASM) 2023 Convention in Doha.

The panel dialogue held on the 3-2-1 Olympic Museum was themed “Trying Again, Shifting Forward – The New Period for the Sport Trade in Qatar and Past.” The occasion mentioned the affect of Qatar internet hosting the World Cup on the area whereas utilizing the earlier editions in Germany (2006), South Africa (2010) and Russia (2018). The panel additionally famous the legacy affect of the match, sustainability, Qatar’s world sports activities hub standing from the 2006 Asian Video games to the current day, and the 2030 Asian video games, which the nation will maintain in addition to a possible bid for the 2036 Olympic video games.

Contributors within the panel included Dr. Ahmed Al-Emadi, Professor of Sport Administration at QU and WASM 2023 Co-Chair, Dr. Kamilla Swart-Arries, Affiliate Professor and Director of the Sport and Leisure Administration Program at CSE, HBKU, and WASM 2023 Co-Chair; Dr. Holger Preuss, Professor for Sport Economic system and Sport Sociology at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz; Eng. Fahad Ebrahim Juma Muhana, Director, Technique and Initiatives Division (SPD), Qatar Olympic Committee. The dialogue was moderated by Dr. Othman Althawadi, School of Enterprise and Economics at Qatar College.

Qatar will host the World Cup from November 20 to December 18, later this 12 months. With 65 days to the worldwide match, authorities have consistently hammered on the match’s regional significance, breaking limitations and merging cultures.

“Regardless of being a small nation, we have now proved to have an incredible potential to host world occasions. I keep in mind when Qatar bought the internet hosting rights to the World Cup in 2010, our leaders stated this occasion will probably be for the entire Arab nations and Muslim nations,” Dr. Al-Emadi stated. 

“With practically two million spectators coming to Qatar, they’re going to study our tradition and historical past, which I feel is among the most important issues for me as a citizen. It will deliver an incredible change to the Western media within the close to future. I encourage each citizen, resident, to actually symbolize our tradition and our faith as effectively, and to be a great ambassador.”

Dr. Al Emadi added that the match would change folks’s mindset, particularly within the media, and show that geographical dimension doesn’t matter and a state like Qatar can host an occasion of this dimension. 

Stressing the affect of internet hosting the World Cup on a rustic’s picture, Dr. Preuss stated the 2006 World Cup in Germany additionally modified the stereotype related to Germans. 

“Earlier than 2006, everybody thought the Germans have been too strict and don’t social gathering. They’re all the time busy and dealing and so forth. Then the World Cup got here, and it was an enormous social gathering. I’ve seen many research after the match that individuals’s notion had modified, they usually noticed Germans will be humorous and thrilling.
“These huge occasions give a lot publicity that brings a change.”

The panel additionally famous that it is important to harness the momentum of the World Cup to construct native capability and develop expertise amongst small and medium enterprises as a legacy of the match.


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