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Qatar researchers to find 'sustainable' World Cup legacy

Stenden University Qatar to explore green and active living in $235,000 project

Qatar researchers to find 'sustainable' World Cup legacy

Stenden University Qatar (SUQ) is embarking on the first phase of a QR856,000 ($235,000) government-funded research project to explore a “sustainable and positive legacy for Qatar’s FIFA World Cup in 2022”, it was reported.

The two-year project, entitled Leveraging the 2022 Qatar World Football Cup for the promotion of green and active living: A multiple stakeholder evaluation of strategic options,  is a collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland and will focus on promoting healthy, active lifestyles and green initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint in Qatar, The Peninsula Qatar reported.

The team will liaise with event organisers, public health experts, physical educators, city planners and environmental agencies as well as contact event organisers in areas such as sports, health, education, banking, retail and technology.

The project team will also explore recycling and low-carbon use and increased physical activity and sports participation to create a positive legacy from the World Cup, the Peninsula Qatar reported.

Dr Dan Musinguzi, a lecturer and research specialist in tourism, said: “This is a fascinating and highly topical issue, not only in Qatar but for the organisers of international events throughout the world – how they can create a sustainable legacy from events to benefit those living in the country for years to come.

He said “mega sporting events have the power to inspire social change”.

“Qatar has a great opportunity to use the 2022 World Cup to encourage people to adopt green and active lifestyles,” he said.

“By engaging with experts in Qatar and the UK we aim to find out what opportunities exist to promote environmentally sound habits such as recycling and low carbon use, as well as healthy physical activity and sports participation in the run- up to the event, and beyond it.”

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