Commentary on the World Cup in Qatar

2022-11-19 We need to talk: The Football World Cup in Qatar

For the first two group games (23.11 14:00-16:00 h & 27.11 20:00-21:30 h) we offer you free sports activities. You can find more information here.

Dear students and employees, Dear sports enthusiasts,

The year is coming to an end and besides cookie baking and Christmas markets, this year's pre-Christmas season includes a men's soccer World Cup, which has already caused a lot of discussion long before kickoff.
At the University Sports Center, we are primarily concerned with popular sports, even if some of you may be motivated to take part in a course or tournament by role models in professional sports.
Nevertheless, it is important to us to talk about this world championship and to make you an offer for which you could possibly refuse another one.

As many of you have probably already noticed, the hosting of this World Cup by the country of Qatar is highly controversial. Not only the awarding as such raised questions (like the awarding of the World Cup 2006 to Germany at that time), but especially the planning and realization of the World Cup under conditions that are not nearly compatible with the values of sports and university sports. Be it the indisputable working conditions during stadium construction, which cost the lives of many workers, the ecologically unsustainable implementation with the help of fully air-conditioned stadiums at an outside temperature of over 30 degrees, or the homophobic and completely unacceptable statements of the official Qatari World Cup ambassador.
From our point of view, enough red lines have been crossed to cause a hangover even before the start of the tournament and to prevent any joy from arising.

For weeks now, the question has been: Do we boycott this World Cup or not?
Not an easy decision, especially when names like Füllkrug or Messi make your feet tingle. And it is said that one evening, due to a lack of alternatives, the TV is accidentally switched on while the preliminary coverage of the Germany match is on.
To prevent this from happening, we would like to make an alternative suggestion: How about a round of sports?
During the group matches of the German national team we invite you to free sports classes. Thanks to the spontaneous commitment of some trainers and employees, we can offer you a varied program that will make you sweat together and make you forget the hustle and bustle of the World Cup.

For the first two group games (23.11 14:00-16:00 h & 27.11 20:00-21:30 h) we offer you free sports activities. You can find more information here.

Whether with or without the World Cup: We wish you a wonderful winter season, stay healthy, active and full of positive energy.

Leonie, Laura & Ameline (Program Coordination)
David Storek (Management)