Mega sports and safety: Let the games begin!
Mega sport events such as the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ are unique spectacles with a global impact and worldwide significance. Football mega events are the most popular sports events, attracting vast numbers of fans from all over the world. To ensure the safety of players, visiting fans and the local population, the governmental authorities have put in place a broad set of measures to mitigate any potential public health risks and ensure the health and wellbeing of all. For a safe and healthy experience at any mega sports event, the collective and informed actions of individuals are crucial.
Play your part ….be responsible!
- Respiratory infections can spread quickly in crowds; washing hands regularly and maintaining physical distancing where possible is important. Stay at home if you are sick or have symptoms like cough, vomiting, or fever. Children, the elderly, and high-risk individuals, such as immunocompromised persons, should take extra precautions. Consult the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) website for up-to-date local public health recommendations and requirements.
- Eat only from safe sources to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
- Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can be dangerous. It is recommended to wear a head covering and sunglasses during the daytime and regularly apply sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
- Stay hydrated by drinking at least 2 liters of water and other healthy fluids at regular intervals throughout the day.
- Road safety is also essential. Use pedestrian crossings and designated pathways on roads.
- Follow crowd security measures by complying with venue instructions. Never push, and respect queues and signage. Regardless of the size of the event, always remain vigilant.
- Most mega events, including the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM are tobacco-free to protect the health and safety of all from exposure to second-hand smoke.
- Visit the MOPH website for information related to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM healthcare services and health advice. During the World Cup, fans can call 999 to request rapid emergency support. If needed, use medical clinics available in football stadiums, fan zones, and accommodation areas.
- To ensure a smooth security check experience at the stadiums, be aware of the items that a spectator cannot carry into stadiums.
- Read here about accessibility and road safety rules during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™
- If you have family or friends coming for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ encourage them to familiarize themselves with Qatar’s COVID-19 Travel and Return Policy, updated November 1, 2022.
Qatar is making history by hosting not only their first FIFA World Cup™, but the first ever World Cup to be staged in the Middle East. Let us all contribute to the success of this event by being responsible citizens!
Sources: World Health Organization (WHO) | United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) | International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) | Sports and Health - Ministry of Public Health | FIFA
Authors: Dr. Sonia Chaabane, Dr. Sohaila Cheema, Dr. Karima Chaabna
Editor: Mr. John Hayward