On October 16th, 2019, H.E Hassan al-Thawadi, Secretary-General (SG) of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), announced at the Global Security Forum that all stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, will be ready by the end of 2021.
“Two stadiums are already completed and opened. One will be opened by the end of this year. Two more will be completed by the first quarter of next year. All the stadiums will be ready, tested and commissioned before the end of 2021,” declared the SG during the forum.
In addition, the SG noted that all infrastructure projects related to the upcoming mega-event will be delivered and completed on time.
In fact, the SG added the following about the topic: “The metro rail work is progressing very well. We started from scratch and it is almost complete and will connect the stadiums. The remaining metro system will be tested and commissioned by the first half of 2020. All the expressways that we need for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will also be ready on time,”.
Most importantly, the SG emphasized SC’s commitment to ensuring the operational fluidity of the mega-event, and that the legacy component unfolds accordingly. Specifically, this would entail that Qatar enjoys the long-term benefits stemming from the games. In fact, the SG noted the following about this aspect: “People will start enjoying the fruits of the tournament in 2025 or 2026. Individuals and companies will benefit in a big way.”
Subsequently, the SG affirmed that the Supreme Committee was effective in mitigating the initial challenges of the blockade in regards to preparations for the World Cup.
Lastly, given the scale of the World Cup, the SG expressed the importance of unity and solidarity that underpins the passion for football by stating the following: “The 2022 World Cup will be a catalyst for positive change. We are not using it for any political leverage as Qatar’s borders are not closed to anyone and everyone is welcome.”
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