Football Notes: FIFA Gives Qatar Deadline For Report On Worker Conditions
FIFA has given Qatar two weeks to explain "how it is improving welfare and living conditions for workers building World Cup 2022 projects." FIFA said it expects to be sent "information on the specific steps" that have been taken since President Sepp Blatter visited Qatar after rights groups "criticized conditions for migrant workers from countries like Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh" (AL JAZEERA, 1/31). ... The Myanmar Football Federation "is now building its third football academy" near Thuwunna Sports ground in Yangon, with plans to complete the academy this year. MFF will build the Yangon Football Academy with the assistance of FIFA's Goal Project-5 program. The MFF president "will cover the construction costs" (ASIA NEWS NETWORK, 2/1). ... The Japan Soccer Museum "will host a special exhibit" celebrating Tokyo’s historic National Stadium. The stadium, which hosted the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, "will be closed this year for reconstruction as the centerpiece of the 2020 Tokyo Games." The exhibit at the Japan Soccer Museum in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward "will introduce visitors to the games and tournaments staged there" (KYODO 1/31).