Which is why the Washington Post has put together a chart illustrating the body counts of workers involved in construction for the last four Olympics and two World Cups, and compared them to the reported death toll for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Previously, human rights organisations have estimated that around 4,000 migrant workers will die due to overwork, heat exposure and other dangers posed by the ambitious World Cup stadium constructions taking place in the rich Middle Eastern country.
Qatar’s workforce operates in a rigid kafala system, in which employers maintain great control over their employees, even maintaining possession of their passports.
Human rights organisations have decried the system as modern-day slavery, and they have repeatedly criticised Qatar for pretending to be a modern country while building its incredible wealth on this labor.
FIFA has been heavily criticized for awarding a World Cup bid to Qatar when it was clear the massive construction projects would be delegated to slave labor. But FIFA has had little response to the criticisms, failing to pressure Qatar into change and refusing multiple overtures to rescind the World Cup bid and give it to a more civil, modernized country.
Earlier this week, Switzerland announced an investigation into potentially unlawful bribes that may have swayed votes in favor of Qatar, thereby corrupting the bid process that led to the country receiving the 2022 World Cup.