Susan Llewelyn Leach writes "In preparation for the tournament, the tiny gulf state will be building around eight new stadiums, with the jewel in the crown being the Lusail Iconic Stadium where the opening ceremonies and final matches will be held. Designed to have a zero carbon footprint, the stadium will also generate renewable energy for the surrounding neighborhood"
But is is not so green as the carbon footprint of the construction involves. Adnan Mian, chief executive officer at engineering company Mercury MENA, made this point at a recent construction conference in Qatar: “I think we need to be looking at two elements here: one is achieving sustainability during the construction stage and the other is post-construction after the stadiums are built.”
Earlier this month it emerged that four BBC journalists had been detained on an official visit in early May to inspect conditions in migrant labor camps after being accused of trespassing.