World Cup 2022

The Emir of Qatar hosts Infantino during FIFA president’s World Cup tour

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Gianni Infantino attended the third meeting of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy in Doha on Wednesday.

The Emir of Qatar hosts Infantino during FIFA president’s World Cup tour
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Gianni Infantino visited the Qatari capital Doha on Wednesday to cast an eye over the latest developments as preparations for the 2022 World Cup continue apace. The FIFA president also held a series of meetings to go over a range of issues regarding the first World Cup in history to be held in the Middle East.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, hosted Infantino in his office during the FIFA president’s tour where the ongoing collaboration between Qatar and the world governing body was discussed, above all the progress the country’s preparations to stage the 2022 World Cup and the progress of various projects in that respect. The Emir and Infantino also talked about sporting matters, according to local news agency Qna.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad also presided over the third assembly of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), the organization responsible for managing all projects related to the 2022 World Cup, at which Infantino, Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir’s personal representative and Sheikh Khaled bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, the Qatari Prime Minister, were also present among other high-ranking officials.

The meeting of the SC went over the latest developments in regard to the stadiums being built ahead of Qatar 2022 and the operational plans for the tournament as well as the country’s initiatives to offer the best possible experience for visiting fans during the World Cup.

Infantino also visited the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al-Khor, the venue that will host the inaugural game of the 2022 World Cup, an experience that the FIFA president said left him “speechless” after being guided around the 60,000-seater ground where he was given a first-hand view of all the technological advances being implemented in the arena.