In 2003 Cameroonian soccer star Marc-Vivien Foe collapsed on the field and died due to a heat related cardiac event during a World Cup match (see video below).
In the summer of 2022 Qatar will host the World Cup. As one can imagine it gets rather hot in Qatar during the summer and there are some very serious health related concerns being raised about the wisdom behind the decision to host the event there at that time of year.
Fortunately, government officials in Qatar are cognizant of the health and safety risks to the fans and more importantly to the players who will have to run around in that god awful heat. As a result, they are taking the necessary steps to try and ensure that what happened to Marc-Vivien Foe does not happen again:
The FIFA members who overwhelmingly approved of Qatar were reassured by a statement from the oil-rich state that “each of the five stadiums will harness the power of the sun’s rays to provide a cool environment for players and fans by converting solar energy into electricity that will then be used to cool both fans and players at the stadiums.”
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