What a miserable winter we are having this year, here in The Big Apple. The snow that has been falling since Christmas, it seems, will stay with us until spring. The mood of the people that usually goes gloomy in winter, is reaching another low.
And here it comes the Asian cup to lift the spirit and provide a temporary relief of it all.
Although, the curtain has come down on the most successful Asian cup in history, on the field that is, people will be talking about it for awhile. It will be a measuring stick for what it promises to be the most talked about tournament in the history of human communication, the World Cup 2022.
It’s still 11 years away, yet, in less than two months, the Qatar 2022 has already generated more articles, blogs and comments than Brazil 2014 did in three years. Opposing voices are still heard every now and then, especially here in the USA, which makes me wonder if the sour grapes would ever ripen.
Many people raised doubts about Qatar’s ability to host such a massive tournament. The small attendance, the summer heat and the social restrictions are some of the issues that have been and will be discussed for a very long time.
I have a great faith that the organizing committee and FIFA will do all they can to make things very comfortable for the visiting fans and they have 11 years to do so.
But for the overwhelming majority of fans, who will be watching from home, they are in for a special treat when time comes.
One thing that Qatar doesn’t lack is money. And with money they will be able to attract the best experts and most advanced technology.
As we have seen in this cup, the TV production was as good as the last World Cup.
The many cameras at the ground covered almost every small detail of the game. Some of the shots were masterpieces. It provided a wonderful and enjoyable experience for the TV and internet audiences all around the world.
Moreover, the analytic graphs provided for players speed and distance covered with the drawings of where every player and team spent most of their playing time were MIT stuff.
There is no secret that the majority of FIFA revenue comes from TV contracts. And although FIFA wants to present the perfect tournament on the ground, their main focus will always be on the best TV production.
With the massive strides that TV and internet technology are making, there is no telling where it will take us. It has already broken boundaries beyond measure. A tournament can be held in the most extreme conditions and still being enjoyed by the whole world.
Japan, in its bid for 2022, offered a world cup with life-sized holograms as a new method of broadcasting. It sounded like sci-fi movie from Hollywood. But who can say that with the Qatari money and the Japanese technology, these things won’t happen in 2022?
No matter what happens in Qatar, and regardless of the weather conditions in New York City, summer or winter, I am now more confident that the WC 2022 will be one to remember for ever.
And I have the Qataris to thank.
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