Indian migrant worker dies after leaving Qatar World Cup venue

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 20, 2017

Mr. Lynch also said that contractors have been asked to take steps to prevent abuse, but migrant laborers are still being exploited since the construction sites are still governed under Qatar's repressive sponsorship system that gives employers the tools to abuse migrant labors.

Khalifa International will host group matches and knock out rounds up to the quarter finals in 2022, but before then it will host the 2017 Emir Cup final, 2017 Gulf Cup and 2019 IAAF World Championships.

However, earlier this month an Indian carpenter died of a heart attack he suffered shortly after leaving the stadium site, Reuters reports.

The stadium will host World Cup matches up to the quarterfinal stage and provides the setting for Friday's 2017 Emir Cup final, Qatar's most prestigious domestic football tournament.

Qatar will re-open the Khalifa International Stadium this weekend, the first tournament-ready venue for the first winter World Cup that kicks off 21 November 2022.

Kumar died in hospital of a cardiac arrest.

Amnesty International's 2016 report "The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game: Exploitation of Migrant Workers on a Qatar 2022 Site", highlighted how migrant workers were exploited at the Khalifa Stadium.

Arena in the capital Doha, was built in 1976 and has undergone reconstruction to world Cup games. Many of those interviewed by Amnesty revealed they were heavily in debt after paying large recruitment fees, while others had their passports confiscated and some were subjected to forced labour.

Having hired labour from India, Nepal and Bangladesh for the $200 billion project, the government has faced criticism from several human rights groups for the harsh working environment, claiming that the workers live without provisions, proper access to water or shelter from the sun.

The Gulf Arab Kingdom says it is implementing labour reforms and past year hired a British consulting firm to assess working conditions on stadiums in an effort to improve transparency.

The renovations include the installation of revolutionary cooling technology promised during Qatar's successful bid, which will keep the pitch at an optimum 26 degrees and the stands somewhere between 24 and 28 degrees.

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