DOSB has criticised the decision to host the FIFA World Cup in Qatar ©Getty Images

The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) has criticised FIFA's decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar prior to the men's national team's first match in the tournament.

DOSB also stressed it supported players on its team not making public statements about their opinions on the host nation's human rights record.

It also made it clear it opposed Qatar holding the tournament.

"As was the case recently with the members of Team D and Team D Paralympics at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, we think it is right for the association and the athletes to express their position on human rights issues as far as possible," said DOSB in a statement.

"It is also to be respected if athletes do not want to comment publicly on this.

"However, the fundamental problem of awarding and now holding a major sporting event in a country like Qatar exceeds the dimensions of a single final tournament, even if it is the world's most popular sport, because it questions the integrity of world sport in an exemplary manner. 

"A different decision should have been made simply for reasons of the lack of sustainability in the use of the venues and the climatic conditions in summer in the northern hemisphere. 

"Since the award, there has also been massive criticism of the human rights situation on site and evidence of criminal activities such as bribing officials and spying on critics by the organisers. 

"These began before the award."

Qatar is currently hosting the FIFA World Cup ©Getty Images
Qatar is currently hosting the FIFA World Cup ©Getty Images

The DOSB said reforms in the way that the International Olympic Committee selects its hosts after Beijing 2022 was an "important milestone" and urged other sports bodies like FIFA to rethink their selection process.

Qatar has been criticised for its poor human rights record and treatment of migrant workers since it was controversially awarded the 2022 FIFA World Cup in 2010.

Corruption was linked to the Gulf nation winning the vote, with members receiving bribes from Qatari authorities.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) rights are among the worst in the world in Qatar, while over 6,000 migrant workers have died since the country was awarded the FIFA World Cup 12 years ago.