While it has been over a year since the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia came to an end, people still talk about the tournament and look back on it with fond memories. Heading into it there was certainly a negative connotation or two that came alongside it being held over there. The reasons why were pretty extensive and have been really well documented, but either way, they managed to pull it off.
Alas, it’s nothing in comparison to Qatar 2022. As reported by BBC and FIFA the emblem has been unveiled to the watching world, and to be perfectly honest, the whole thing is just a little bit sickening.
Get these people out
“The emblem’s design embodies the vision of an event that connects and engages the entire world, while also featuring striking elements of local and regional Arab culture and allusions to the beautiful game.
The swooping curves of the emblem represent the undulations of desert dunes and the unbroken loop depicts both the number eight – a reminder of the eight astonishing stadiums that will host matches – and the infinity symbol, reflecting the interconnected nature of the event. Besides echoing the shape of the iconic FIFA World Cup Trophy, the emblem’s central form takes inspiration from a traditional woollen shawl. During winter months, shawls are worn around the world and in the Arab and Gulf region in particular by a variety of people and in various styles.
The intricate embroidered detail that often adorns shawls in the Arab world is featured and takes inspiration from various cultures across Asia, celebrating the continent’s second hosting of a FIFA World Cup tournament and Qatar’s diverse population. The regionally inspired winter garment also alludes to the tournament’s start dates and the fact that it will be the first FIFA World Cup™ to be played in November and December.
The new typeface created to accompany the emblem reimagines traditional Arabic calligraphy in a new, contemporary font, taking inspiration from the region and Asia, and fusing tradition with modernity.”
The nonsense needs to stop
That’s the description of the emblem. Nothing about the political turmoil, nothing about the many workers that have died, and nothing about the supposed bribery that led to them being awarded the competition.
You could argue that it was never going to be described in that manner, but something needs to be done. We’re getting closer and closer to it actually happening, and that’s such a rotten portrayal of how things work and how we’re just going to allow people to get away with this.
FIFA is one of the most corrupt organisations in the world, let alone sports. It doesn’t seem as if things are going to change anytime soon, and we want to know what it would take in order for something to be done about it.
Bringing down the likes of Platini and Blatter clearly didn’t help matters enough. We need to step up the chase and really send a message that football needs to be pure again.