Qatar vows "safest World Cup"

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Qatar vows "safest World Cup"

Qatar vows "safest World Cup"

"We are the only country with 10 years to prepare," said Qatar 2022's deputy executive director for security, Major Ali Mohammed Al-Ali.

Qatar will deliver "the safest World Cup in the world" in 2022, says the tournament's deputy executive director for security, Major Ali Mohammed Al-Ali.

Ali also revealed that police officers from different countries will be on Qatar's streets during the World Cup in an effort to prevent hooliganism.

"We are the only country with 10 years to prepare" 

Fears about hooliganism at major tournaments have increased following trouble between English and Russian fans at the 2016 Euros in France, leading to concerns that such scenes will be repeated at future events.

But Ali said he was hopeful that would not be the case in 2022.

"We are working with a lot of national, regional and international organisations, countries, agencies," he said.

"We are the only country in the world who have 10 years to prepare for the World Cup."

Asked if international police officers with experience of dealing with crowd trouble would be in Qatar to help with any potential problems, he told AFP: "For sure."

Officers will be drawn from those countries "that qualify" for 2022, he said.

Qatar 2022 "will be the most safe and secure World Cup"

Speaking ahead of a 'Major Events Security Conference' in Doha this week, Ali added that organisers were ready to provide a benchmark tournament.

"We have prepared for everything and we are ready and it will be the most safe and secure World Cup," he said.

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