Qatari comedian Hamad al-Amari believes the tournament will showcase the culture of Qatar and the Middle East.
Qatari comedian Hamad al-Amari believes the World Cup, which began on Sunday, is an opportunity to “showcase” the country’s rich culture to the world.
In an interview with Al Jazeera sports presenter Sana Hamouche, al-Amari also responded to criticism that Qatar lacked football heritage.
“Growing up, we played soccer barefoot. That was what we did as children. Soccer is the most watched sport, the most participated in the country, ”he said.
The witty al-Amari, who speaks English with a distinctive Irish accent having lived in Ireland for many years, is unfazed by the criticism that has been leveled at Qatar in the build-up to the tournament.
“I don’t think any other country has been exposed to the things that Qatar has been exposed to in the media,” he said, “and that’s okay, we’re doing it anyway. It’s happening.”
“It is our responsibility as Qataris to show our culture and bring people, and that is exactly what we are doing,” he said.