A 23 – year- old Nepalese World Cup labourer in Qatar died Tuesday while working on one of the venues for the 2022 tournament , officials in Doha announced in a statement .
An investigation has been launched after the man was killed “ while working at the Al Wakrah Stadium project site ” , Qatar ’ s World Cup organising body , the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said .
“ His next of kin has been informed and the relevant Qatari and Nepali authorities have been notified , ” said the committee in a statement posted on its website.
“ An investigation has been launched and further details about the incident will be released in due course . ”
It added that it “ shares its deepest condolences with the family at this time ” .
No further details about the incident were given.
Al Wakrah is one of the eight venues proposed for the controversial Qatar World Cup in four years ’ time and was designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid.
Previously , another Nepalese labourer also died at Al Wakrah while working .
Anil Kumar Pasman , 29 , lost his life after being struck by a lorry in October 2016 at the venue .
Tuesday ’ s tragedy is thought to be the first reported death at a Qatar World Cup venue since British construction worker Zac Cox plunged to his death at the Khalifa International Stadium in January 2017 .
A subsequent inquest by a British coroner accused managers of providing the 40 – year – old with sub – standard equipment and said the working environment was “ downright dangerous” .
Qatari World Cup officials and European construction companies at Khalifa were also criticised for the lack of information provided to Cox ’ s family .
Qatar ’ s World Cup has long been dogged by allegations of mistreatment of workers , with one union claiming 1 , 200 people had been killed working on projects for the 2022 tournament , a claim denied by officials in Doha .
( AFP )
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