Qatar en­ters green-friendly frenzy

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

DESERT state Qatar is to grow 16,000 trees for the 2022 foot­ball World Cup to plant round sta­di­ums as part of the tour­na­ment’s “legacy”, or­gan­is­ers an­nounced this week.

The trees will be grown at an 880,000-square-me­tre nurs­ery in the north­ern part of Qatar, then re­planted close to the foot­ball sta­di­ums in the run-up to the tour­na­ment in six years’ time.

More than 60 types of tree will be used, most promi­nently the Sidra, which has grown in the harsh Qatari desert for many gen­er­a­tions, but also Fi­cus and Aca­cia.

“This is a very am­bi­tious project that we see as legacy,” said Yasser AlMulla of the Supreme Com­mit­tee for De­liv­ery and Legacy, the body over­see­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion of the tour­na­ment in Qatar.

“We want to cater to all the ar­eas sur­round­ing all pro­posed 2022 FIFA World Cup sta­di­ums.”

Wa­ter will be sup­plied by a sewage treat­ment site close to the nurs­ery in Al-Shamal.

Al­though there has been no fi­nal an­nounce­ment from FIFA, it is ex­pected that eight venues will be used to host the con­tro­ver­sial tour­na­ment.

It is the lat­est non-foot­ball ini­tia­tive to be an­nounced by World Cup or­gan­is­ers in Qatar.

Pre­vi­ously they have an­nounced that fans could be housed in Be­douin­style desert camps and as many as 12,000 could also stay on cruise ships dur­ing foot­ball’s first World Cup in the Mid­dle East.

Qatar’s se­lec­tion as the tour­na­ment’s host has long proved con­tro­ver­sial with the emi­rate fac­ing a bar­rage of crit­i­cism from hu­man rights groups over the treat­ment of many of its ap­prox­i­mately 2 mil­lion mi­grant work­ers.

It is also the sub­ject of a Swiss cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how it was awarded the tour­na­ment.

Last month, it was an­nounced a labourer at Al-Wakrah Sta­dium had died on site, the first “work-re­lated” death linked to the tour­na­ment, said or­gan­is­ers. –

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