Qatar 2022: 265,000 volunteers have signed up for World Cup
Thousands have signed up to volunteer at Qatar 2022 and at events hosted by the World Cup's organisers ahead of the tournament.
As part of its preparations for the 2022 World Cup, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy - the body responsible for organising the event - is working to ensure that thousands of members of the Qatari community participate in the tournament, which will be the first World Cup held in the Middle East.
Despite the challenges posed by the covid-19 pandemic, the Supreme Committee’s community outreach department has organised several programmes and initiatives over the last year, with the goal of involving the community as a whole in Qatar 2022.
Khaled Al-Suwaidi, the Supreme Committee’s stakeholder relations senior manager, said: “Despite the challenges faced because of the pandemic, 2020 was a year full of successes, culminating in the inauguration of the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, the fourth World Cup arena to be completed.
“What’s more, thousands of people have enjoyed the activities that we organised, which is a source of great happiness for us and was the best end to a difficult year for all of us.”
Al-Suwaidi concluded: "We believe that every resident of the State of Qatar is an ambassador for the 2022 World Cup.”
2020 witnessed several agreements between the Supreme Committee and foreign communities in Qatar, with members of these communities given the opportunity to benefit from the Supreme Committee’s community grants programme.
Last year also saw the community outreach department focus on the volunteering programme launched by the Supreme Committee in 2018 - a project that has now led more than 265,000 people to sign up to volunteer at Qatar 2022 and events hosted by the Supreme Committee in the run-up to the World Cup.
Thousands of volunteers have helped Qatar host a number of events in recent months, including the opening of the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium and the organisation of 2020 AFC Champions League matches.
In an effort to put on the best ever World Cup when it comes to accessibility, over the last 12 months the Supreme Committee has also continued its efforts to ensure the tournament facilities meet the needs of people with disabilities.