Can massive sporting occasions result in massive social change?

There’s an upside to internet hosting a mega-sized sporting occasion. Governments plan new roads and prepare stations and airports. Corporate sponsors and international buyers pile on. And while you construct it, folks come. Different folks, new folks, who might not have visited earlier than. Often, these mega-sized sporting occasions additionally convey with them a highlight on no matter issues plague the host nation.

For the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, that highlight has led to elevated worldwide scrutiny of the therapy of migrant staff. But how efficient is that this mega-event activism? And what occurs when the circus leaves city and the highlight goes darkish? Reporter Ken Shulman appears to be like at three case research—South Africa, Brazil, and, after all, Qatar—to be taught extra.

Because this episode touches on labor points in Qatar, a disclosure: Doha Debates is a manufacturing of the Qatar Foundation, which is a state-led nonprofit group in Qatar.

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On The Long Game, we spotlight tales of braveness and conviction on and off the area. From athletes who’re breaking obstacles for ladies and ladies to a Syrian refugee swimmer who overcame the odds to compete at the Paralympics, The Long Game examines the energy of sport to vary the world for the higher.
The Long Game is hosted by Olympic medalist and change agent Ibtihaj Muhammad as she guides the collection round the globe to satisfy athletes who’re combating for change.
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