The FIFA Men’s World Cup Qatar 2022 presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the state of
Qatar to showcase its technical abilities and prowess to host the world’s most watched sports
competition. A sport that reaches every corner of the world and can contribute to tolerance, human
understanding and equality.
In 2020 an international grouping of sixteen LGBTIQ+ led and focused organisations concerned
about the lack of protections being offered to LGBTIQ+ people by FIFA and the host country
organisers of the 2022 World Cup (the Qatar Supreme Committee (SC)) began to meet to define a
series of questions about the situation in Qatar.
The group considered what might face visiting supporters, players, coaches and support staff,
and others working at the tournament for media organisations, sponsors, national football team
operations, who either identify as being part of the LGBTIQ+ community or are active allies. The
long-term legacy and impact of the tournament on LGBTIQ+ individuals and communities in the
region was also a consideration.
In January 2021 the group wrote to FIFA and the Supreme Committee to set out the principle
concerns being expressed by LGBTIQ+ communities and stakeholders in relation to the World Cup.
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