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Sports writer Grant Wahl dies while covering the Qatar World Cup: National Public Radio


In this file photo, sportswriter Grant Wahl speaks during a panel discussion in New York in 2014. He died Friday in Qatar while covering the World Cup quarter-final between Argentina and the Netherlands.

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In this file photo, sportswriter Grant Wahl speaks during a panel discussion in New York in 2014. He died Friday in Qatar while covering the World Cup quarter-final between Argentina and the Netherlands.

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Longtime soccer sportswriter Grant Wahl died on Friday while covering the quarter-finals of Argentina and the Netherlands at the 2022 World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

Nearing the end of the game, NPR reporter Tom Goldman witnessed a commotion at the press stand at Lusail Stadium. Reporters scattered as Wahl collapsed. Paramedics responded to the seating area where he was and performed CPR. Several minutes later, they took him away on a stretcher while using an automatic chest compressor to continue CPR.

Wal’s wife And his brother confirmed his death to National Public Radio. He was 48 years old.

Grant Wahl has appeared frequently on NPR to discuss the intricacies of football and his love for the game.

As NPR reported earlier, Wahl was banned from a World Cup stadium in Qatar in November because he was wearing a rainbow jersey.

He was removed by a field marshal, Wahl said, “You have to change your shirt. That’s not allowed.” Wahl said he was briefly detained. Qatar has been a controversial host since winning the tournament in 2010.

Her human rights record has been heavily criticized. And since the start of the tournament last month, the Gulf country’s rules banning same-sex relations have been at the forefront. It is illegal in Qatar and punishable by imprisonment. When several European team captains said they would wear special rainbow armbands, FIFA imposed restrictions on the players and threatened them with yellow cards.

Wahl was critical of FIFA and Qatar during the tournament. In an interview with National Public Radio (NPR), Eric Wahl said his brother wasn’t shy about highlighting World Cup controversy.

Eric Wahl said his brother had received death threats while he was in Qatar over the rainbow shirt and for continuing to report on FIFA and the Qatari government.

American football took note of Wal’s death in a tweet, saying that the organization is sad. “Grant’s passion for football and commitment to elevating its profile across the sporting landscape have played a key role in helping to generate interest and respect for our beautiful game.”

Wahl was a longtime sports writer for Sports Illustrated – traveling the world covering soccer events such as the World Cup, Women’s World Cup and various European tournaments. He and the magazine parted ways in 2020 and branched out on his own. He has also appeared regularly on Fox Sports and CBS Sports as a commentator.

Wal fell ill while on assignment in Qatar. He had written on Monday that he had visited a clinic and the staff thought he had bronchitis.

“My body finally broke down,” Wahl wrote. “Three weeks of too little sleep, too much stress and too much work can do that to you… What had been cold for the past 10 days turned into something even harsher on the night of the USA-Netherlands game, and I could feel my upper chest being exposed to a new level of pressure.” and discomfort.” He said he was taking antibiotics and they seemed to be helping.

Eric Wahl said his brother was one of the most dedicated people he had ever known. “He was particularly concerned about people whose rights were being violated…and he just wanted to share his love of football with others.”