China is renowned for its unique products and services especially in the Construction and building industry. China worked quietly behind the scene during the Qatar World Cup to make it arguably the best FIFA World Cup in history.
Below are 10 achievements recorded at the 2022 tournament, with China being the brains behind them.
1. Green Energy
World Cup buildings are getting green electricity from a next generation power station which harvests only solar energy, built by the Power Construction Corporation of China.
2. Electric Buses
People are taken where they need to go in a fleet of 888 fully electric buses, made by Yutong Bus, a Chinese firm that has quietly become the world’s biggest bus maker.
3. Quality Stadium Building
The main stadium was built by China Railway Construction Corporation: that’s the firm that pops up in Africa and Europe and around the planet, known for its extraordinary ability to create infrastructure in difficult environments.
What’s a sporting event without souvenir merchandise? It’s estimated that almost 70 per cent of World Cup related goods, from footballs to flags to jerseys to whistles, came from a single location in China, a southeastern city called Yiwu.
5. Clean Water For All Present
A purpose-built extra-large reservoir is providing clean drinking water for sports people and fans. It was constructed by Gezhouba Group, from Wuhan.
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6. Heavy-duty Machines
The stadium-building operations needed huge amounts of heavy equipment, from massive earth movers to cranes – nearly 100 of these were supplied by China’s Sany Heavy Industry, one of the world’s biggest construction firms.
7. Mobile Stadium
The most innovative venue is Qatar’s Stadium 974, which can be disassembled and reassembled anywhere. Designed by a Spanish architect, the 974 building blocks were made by China International Marine Containers.
8. LED Floodlights
Notice all the LED floodlights everywhere? They come from the Unilumin Group of China.
9. Cooling System
Most people say air conditioners are a must for survival in that environment – and China’s Midea Co supplied 2,500 aircons for the event.
10. Sponsorship Drive
Last but not least, this is the most expensive sporting event in world history, and needed a lot of support from businesses. Nineteen China firms signed up to sponsor the event.
There’s a wonderful paradox about sports. Sports divides us into competitors—yet at the same time it gives us shared goals and so magically unites us at the same time.