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SOME of the hundreds of thousands of international staff in Qatar have been “rewarded” with exceptionally low ticket prices in appreciation for his or her behind-the-scenes work at this World Cup.
Jita Singh, Singapore’s award-winning coach who’s in Doha to observe the match, mentioned he was shocked at this gesture by the organisers.
Removed from Doha’s luxurious accommodations and sprawling new World Cup stadiums, the South Asian staff, from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, poured into a number of cricket grounds within the metropolis’s sandy outskirts to benefit from the match they helped create.
There have been even meals choices past deep-fried Indian snacks and the grassy pitch in Asian City, a neighbourhood of labour camps, is filled with migrant staff from a number of the world’s poorest international locations.
However credit score to them, praised Jita, as they’ve powered Qatar, one of many world’s richest, and helped accomplish its multi-billion-dollar stadium-building effort for this first-ever match within the desert terrain.
He mentioned: “I used to be advised they paid the equal of US$3 even for the Argentina soccer jersey they wore after they sat with 15,000 different migrant staff in a hidden nook of Doha to observe Lionel Messi’s facet salvage their World Cup hopes.”
Messi’s aim within the 2-0 win over Mexico on Sunday introduced the largest crowd seen on the Asian City cricket stadium to their toes.
Jita added: “I really feel unhappy after they’re known as “faux followers” they usually readily acknowledge that they purchased counterfeit group jerseys for US$3 or much less, as a substitute of the US$90 that an official model prices.”
* Suresh Nair is an award-winning sports activities journalist who can be a professional worldwide coach and worldwide referee teacher
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