From Inside the Games

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has toldinsidethegames it is “monitoring closely” the situation surrounding the host venue of the Doha 2019 World Athletics Championships after Amnesty International alleged migrant workers building the Khalifa International Stadium have suffered systematic abuses and, in some cases, forced labour.

The Qatari capital was awarded the IAAF’s flagship event in November 2014, a decision criticised because of the country’s alleged mistreatment of migrant workers involved in the construction of many of the facilities being built for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

A major new 50-page report was published by Amnesty International on Thursday (March 31), entitled The ugly side of the beautiful game: Labour exploitation on a Qatar 2022 World Cup venue.

The human rights group is extremely critical of what it claims to be FIFA’s indifference to appalling treatment of migrant workers.

It is based on interviews with 132 migrant construction workers rebuilding Khalifa International Stadium, which is set to be the first venue completed for the 2022 World Cup and has been slated to host a semi-final.

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