(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke has urged to implement the Workers' Welfare Standards issued by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, during a visit to Doha.
Following a visit to the Workers Cup football tournament Lemke said, "During my visits to the Workers' Cup and workers' accommodation, I was pleased to learn about the developments happening in Qatar with regards to the safeguarding of rights of workers on construction sites for the preparation of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. In particular, the standards that have been formulated for workers' welfare are a good step in the improvement of conditions."
Of key importance now is their (Workers' Welfare Standards) implementation based on a strong monitoring and follow-up mechanism with appropriate capacity and resource allocation. A corresponding adoption of relevant laws would also contribute to the realisation of the World Cup Organising Committee's commitments," he said.
Meanwhile, as the Supreme Committee's Workers' Welfare Standards are already being implemented on the ground at the first stadium construction site for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar in Al Wakrah, a group of employees from the new stadium's early works contractor, Amana, has reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 Workers Cup.
Already into the knock-out stages of the tournament, the Workers Cup continues to improve following the inaugural edition last year. The group stage and round of 16 matches have concluded with a total of 44 games played so far and 8 teams qualifying for the quarterfinals.
"I strongly believe that such efforts will bear fruit in terms of the social legacy that the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will imprint for and beyond the event," said Lemke.