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Safer Travel to the World Cup 2022

Duty of care is the moral and legal responsibility of an employer to ensure that the health, safety and security of a person is protected while working. Should an incident occur, a company will have to demonstrate that adequate measures were in place to protect the employee from harm.

Depending on who is travelling, these risks stem from numerous factors. For journalists and media crews, it could include travelling to countries known to repress their profession or places which can pose personal or political threats. Due to their high-profile nature, international sporting events have historically been targets for terrorist attacks, violence and disruption. Alongside these, lower-risk events such as petty crime, illness, injury or detention can all occur when travelling to international sporting events. Many of the risks presented to media personnel operating in-country will be equivalent to those faced by other individuals travelling to Qatar for the tournament.

Examples of sporting events disrupted by serious security incidents include the events of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, the 2009 bombing of the Sri Lanka Cricket team in Pakistan, the 2013 Boston marathon bombing, and the disruption caused to the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon by Anglophone rebels in January 2022.

This report will outline factors affecting the safety and security of those travelling to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and will provide mitigatory measures for the threats posed to safety and well being. The event will be held in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December and will see games in at least eight stadiums across the country. More than 1.5 million people are expected to visit Doha during the tournament, with the high-profile nature of the event, the large influx of visitors, and the political risks present in the region presenting a unique security environment for international media and journalists covering the event.

This report covers

  • Personal risks
  • Substance risks
  • Political risks
  • COVID-19
  • Security and other risks

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