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Al Thawadi: Huge steps taken during 2020 in preparation for Qatar 2022

The Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy spoke about the advances that have been made for the World Cup over the past 12 months.

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Al Thawadi: Huge steps taken during 2020 in preparation for Qatar 2022

In little over a fortnight’s time, when the New Year is ushered in, the countdown to Qatar 2022 will begin as the days continue to tick down to the next World Cup finals.

Hassan Al Thawadi, the President of the tournament and Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, confirmed this week that preparations for the finals are advancing at a pace – in spite of all of the difficult challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. In two days’ time, another World Cup venue, Al Rayan stadium will be inauguratedthe fourth World Cup stadium to be officially inaugurated so far.

Major tournaments planned for 2021

In a virtual meeting with members of the board of directors for Qatar 2022, the progress of the numerous projects associated with the event was revised – as were some of the most impressive advances made during preparations for the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East. Also addressed were the issues of hosting of other tournaments such as the Club World Cup and the Arab Cup in Qatar 2021.

Al Thawadi mentioned that one of the most striking advances made during the past year was the progress made on Al Bayt stadium, another of the venues for Qatar 2022 which is near completion.

“Qatar played an effective role in ensuring the safe return of football at continental level, with the impressive organisation of the AFC Champions League tournament for the east and west of the continent in spite of the pandemic. It took advantage of its potential to ensure the safety of all participants in the most prestigious competitions in Asia, with the final set to be held in the city of Doha on Saturday,” he said.

Meanwhile, Nasser Fahad Al Khater, CEO of Qatar 2022, revealed that 90% of the projects and infrastructure of the 2022 World Cup have already been completed, stating that for now the preparations are being used to provide an unbeatable experience for fans who attend Qatar 2022.

“We are excited to host two major tournaments in 2021, the Club World Cup held for the second time in Qatar, as well as the Arab Cup – two major events which will serve to give a clear idea about what fans can expect in 2022 They also mark important phases in testing the operational disposition of the World Cup stadiums, as well as enriching the work experiences of the staff who will be in charge of organising an extraordinary event,” he said.

Colin Smith, Managing Director for Qatar 2022, added that the progress made with the preparations for Qatar 2022 emphasizes Qatar’s “strong and continued commitment to the event. “2021 will be a key year on the journey to Qatar 2022 as we look forward to two exciting tournaments, the FIFA Club World Cup and the FIFA Arab Cup, which will enable us to test infrastructure and operational aspects of hosting major football competition,” he said.