Athletes Speak

What is your opinion on the FIFA World Cup 2022 being held in Qatar?

Grace Na, Managing Editor





Kai Bonggat, senior, Get to the Pointe

I think that the World Cup being held in Qatar is extremely problematic, regarding the LGBTQ+ community. As a global organization, FIFA has a responsibility to hold the host country accountable to international rights, including LGBTQ community rights. The World Cup is a worldwide event and has the ability to leave an impact on many people.





Jaydy Escamilla, sophomore, center back girls junior varsity soccer

When it comes to the LGBTQ [community] I don’t think [the World Cup] should be affected by that. Not because [the LGBTQ community] aren’t accepted there, but because soccer has nothing to do with [the] LGBTQ [community]. Their rights are completely separate from that.





Isabella Soto, sophomore, girls volleyball

I think it’s wrong because the times have changed. [Qatar is] thinking so straight minded, they need to be more open minded with how things in the world are working. It’s also their religion so I understand, but I think they should change.





David Jacob Ramirez, sophomore, right wing varsity soccer

[The World Cup being held in Qatar], I don’t think it was a great decision considering the human rights violations. Qatar’s views on the LGBTQ community just don’t coincide with what the World Cup is, and that’s uniting people. So the fact that the World Cup is being held in Qatar is kind of ironic because they don’t support all people.