Doha: The calamities and mishaps of the Qatar World Cup continues. The recent news coming from Qatar states the death of Grant Wahl, an American reporter at the Qatar World Cup.
Grant Wahl, 48 died later at the Hamad Hospital after collapsing while covering the Argnetina- Netherlands Quarter final match. The cherished reporter was given immediate assistance and medical attention on the way to the hospital.
A day before he passed away, Wahl celebrated his 48th birthday with friends in Qatar on Thursday. On Monday, he posted on his website that he had been ill for the previous 10 days and was taking medication for what he believed to be bronchitis.
“My body finally broke down on me. What had been a cold over the last 10 days turned into something more severe on the night of the USA-Netherlands game, and I could feel my upper chest take on a new level of pressure and discomfort.
“I didn’t have Covid (I test regularly here), but I went into the medical clinic and the main media center today, and they said I probably have bronchitis.”
Grant has been in news from the beginning the World Cup. Wahl adorned a jersey with rainbow colors to support the LGBTQIA+ Community. The authorities detained him from entering the stadium with the same. The authorities apparently heckled and mistreated the reporter.
The US Soccer Federation commented that the news is very much heartbreaking. They added that everybody loved the reporting done by the deceased reporter. “Fans of soccer and journalism of the highest quality knew we could always count on Grant to deliver insightful and entertaining stories about our game, and its major protagonists,” the statement added.
Grant’s wife later tweeted that she is in shock but grateful and thankful to all who have messaged her and comforted her. The FIFA President Gianni Infantino poured in his respects, he said that Wahl’s love for the game was immense. The head added that everyone who follow the global game will miss his reporting.
Henry Winter of The Times said that he is one of the reasons why soccer became popular in the States. He further said that USA would be a great host thanks to the efforts undertaken by the celebrated sports journalist.
The American tennis icon Billie King praised for being an advocate for the LGBTQ Community and a voice for Women’s Soccer. Ronaldo, earlier this week awarded the journalist with a token of appreciation of Wahl’s relentless efforts. Grant started the World Cup coverage in 1994 USA World Cup and successfully covering eight consecutive years.
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