Double-wide obese seats at 2014 Brazil World Cup

Brazil disability laws accommodate obese football fans of up to 254kg

Overweight fans can take a load off at the 2014 Brazil World Cup due to the provision of special double-wide seating.
Overweight fans can take a load off at the 2014 Brazil World Cup due to the provision of special double-wide seating.

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Overweight football fans of up to 254kg will be accommodated in special double-wide seats at the 2014 Brazil World Cup, reports The Sun.

In compliance with Brazil's disability laws that also cover the extremely overweight, the Catelao Stadium in Fortaleza has built 120 oversized seats among its 64,000 capacity.

Qatar, which will host the FIFA Football World Cup in 2022, held a National Sports Day on 12 February that included the launch of a new, countrywide weight-loss competition designed to get the public fitter and healthier.

The National Sports Day initiative was the brainchild of Deputy Emir and Heir Apparent H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The new weight-loss competition, aimed at promoting the health and social benefits of an active lifestyle, was open to both men and women, and will run for a year, with the winners rewarded with prizes at the 2014 National Sports Day.

"The challenge is set and directed to encourage overweight contestants to lose weight and adopt a better lifestyle, with winners being selected on the base of criteria such as weight losing ratio, percentage of fat loss and overall fitness and shape," said a statement from the National Sports Day organisers.

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