In the wake of allegations of worker mistreatment, deaths, and bribery the work for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar continues. However it now continues on a much smaller scale. The small Gulf state recently announced that it was cancelling the construction of four of its planned twelve stadiums that it is building to host the World Cup.
Qatar cited the need to cut costs as well as the actual needs of the tournament which is set to attract over two million guests, effectively tripling the country’s population. While the nation’s annual profits did shrink by 1.4 percent this year there are whispers in the community that the decision may be due to the fact that Qatar is simply unable to handle the burden that a World Cup places on a nation that has no preexisting infrastructure for such an event. In either case this is only the latest crack that has appeared on the surface of Qatar’s image following reports of delays and deaths for the past several years.