While in politics in this country there is already a discussion about compulsory vaccination, unvaccinated footballers could face exclusion from the World Cup in Qatar in just over a year. As The Athletic reports, Qatar is pushing for a mandatory Covid vaccination of the actors.
There are two things that none of us can really hear anymore. One of them is Corona and the other World Cup in Qatar. Unfortunately, the next major intercontinental soccer tournament will be about that.
While the host country does not seem to care about the safety of the workforce and human rights in general, the topic of health suddenly becomes a capital issue in the case of Corona.
The Gulf state has since announced that all participants should be double vaccinated. In addition, the Prime Minister announced in July that Qatar would like to order a million doses of vaccine to fully immunize the fans.
In an international comparison, Qatar is one of the absolute pioneers with a vaccination rate of 82 percent, which is necessary in view of the sometimes high population density. In order to prevent negative influences on tourism and the country’s reputation, the state wants to give the virus as few opportunities as possible.
The conflict potential of such a decision would be difficult to assess. There are divided opinions among football professionals on the subject of vaccination. If several prominent players then want to boycott the tournament, Qatar’s plan could tip over.
The English medium explains that talks between FIFA and the medical authorities are ongoing. After all, the tournament shouldn’t be deprived of its stars. Various options are currently being examined, such as requiring players to deliver a negative test result every three days.
In addition, exception rules are already being drafted in the tournament protocol, which, however, have not yet been finalized. It is not clear from the report which rules this could be.
The Arab Cup begins in Qatar on November 30th, and is intended to serve as a test run for next year’s tournament.