Twelve thousand kilometres apart, two emerging nations, with different economies, are facing a similar race. Brazil wants to stage one of the best World Cups ever. So does Qatar, on the other side of the World. However, each nation wants to do it their way.
Ten years away from the 2022 World Cup, the Middle East country, neighboured by Iraq in the north, Iran on the east ad Saudi Arabia on the west, has set up a permanent forum, the Doha Goals, to start discussing now the best initiatives to be taken in relation to the mega event's organisation efforts. The forum, which has the participation of the private sector, non-governmental organisations and the Qatar government, has the aim of staging an innovative World Cup, connected to the contemporary world, where the participation of young people and the environment are a priority.
In order to contribute with the discussion, on the evening of Sunday (09.12), a delegation of Brazil's Ministry of Sport arrived in Doha, the country's capital. The mission is made up by Vincente Neto, Head of the ministry's cabinet and by Ambassador Carlos Henrique Cardim, head of the International Affairs Bureau. Minister Aldo Rebelo decided to send the delegation to exchange experiences with the Middle Eastern country and dozens of delegates from several corners of the world.
The Doha Goals Forum started this Monday and will finish on Wednesday (12.12), at the Aspire Dome, a high standard training centre. The Brazilians will meet with several authorities during the three days, such as H.E. Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Thani, who holds a position similar to Minister of Sport and travels around collecting positive experiences. “The Doha Goals is an initiative based on sport, which we wish may bring the world closer: through this initiative and sport in general, we plan on driving individual and collective development for the whole world's population", said Abdulrahman Al-Thani.
In addition to the international delegations, around 400 students from around the world - nine from Brazil - are in Doha to attend the meetings as future sport ambassadors. They will take part in debates and meetings in the four plenaries and will interact with world leaders and entrepreneurs, as well as internationally recognised athletes.
Vicente Neto and Carlos Cardim had a quick informal meeting this Monday with the group to try and establish aspirations and ideas they have to offer.