FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar: 1000 Days to Go
- Updated: February 25, 2020
1000 days to go for the most coveted sporting event in history – FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. The entire country has started preparations for the mega event. A total of 32 teams will be participating in the month-long tournament from November 21 to December 18. This will be the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan. This will also mark the first World Cup not to be held in May, June, or July; the tournament is instead scheduled for late November until mid-December.
After a lot of trials and tribulations, Qatar has finally reached a position where they will be hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022 which is just 1000 days to go. The two biggest controversies during Qatar’s preparations for FIFA World Cup 2022 are first, the treatment towards migrant workers and their cause of death and secondly the treatment towards the LGBT fans. This will be the biggest event ever in the Middle East. The countdown has already begun and the fans of Qatar and its neighboring countries are waiting with bated breath for the commencement of the event.
With 1000 days to go for the event, two stadiums have been declared open. Three more stadiums are expected to be ready by the end of the year. Infrastructure for roads, metros and airport expansion routes have also been laid out. Brand-new metro lines have also been delivered and successfully transported over 50,000 fans across three games during the FIFA Club World Cup. The stadiums in operation are the Khalifa International and Al Janoub. The other three stadiums are Education City, Al Rayyan and Al Bayt.
The FIFA President Gianni Infantino was amazed with the nation’s preparations for the mega event. He said that Qatar would be ready two years before the event. “The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be a breakthrough from a social and cultural perspective. It will open the doors of this football-mad region, offering a new perspective to locals and foreigners, bringing people together and serving as a tool for common understanding” the FIFA President further added.
Meanwhile, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy spoke about the hardships they encountered for 10 years in their build-up for the event.
“Ten years of our lives, day in, day out, have been dedicated to this tournament. Personally, I can only look forward with excitement, as well as some nerves, but more importantly, conviction that this will be – without a doubt – the best tournament. We are determined to ensure that the first World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world will set a benchmark in the history of hosting major sporting events” he said.
While the tournament still has a 1000 days to go, 136 out of 900 qualifying matches have already been played, and the tournament infrastructure can be seen rapidly evolving in and around Doha.
Increase in Number of Fans
The number of fans expected in the FIFA World Cup 2022 is expected to be way beyond what it was in the FIFA Club World Cup last year. Over 50000 international fans visited the country during the event. FIFA Club World Cup’s official website garnered a total of 43000 visitors during the course of the tournament.
Increase in Revenue
The FIFA World Cup is expected to bring a lot of revenue via foreign visitors, broadcasting rights and tourism programs. Qetaifan Projects, a subsidiary of Katara Hospitality, aims to develop and operate some 16 floating hotels near the shores of Qetaifan Island North. The projects will provide accommodation for spectators within the fan villages during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Welcoming Tim Cahill
Meanwhile, Australian legend Tim Cahil has been named the official ambassador of Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), at a special event in Qatar. The organisation is responsible for delivering the infrastructure for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Cahill thus joins Samuel Eto’o, Cafu and a number of other local and regional football legends on the ambassador program.
There are also efforts of making the FIFA World Cup 2022, a carbon-neutral tournament. With 1000 days to go, the Qatar Stars League is aiming to become the first carbon-neutral league in the world. The tournament will be seen as an experiment for the upcoming mega event in 2022.
Qatar on the bidding rights after a tough fight with the other member nations which participated in the process. The bidding procedure to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups began in January 2009, and national associations had until 2 February 2009 to register their interest. Initially, eleven bids were made for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Mexico later withdrew from proceedings and Indonesia’s bid was rejected by FIFA in February 2010 after the Indonesian Football Association failed to submit a letter of Indonesian government guarantee to support the bid. Indonesian officials had not ruled out a bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, until Qatar took the 2022 cup.
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The emblem for the upcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be a figure-of-eight-shaped white band based on the form of shawls often worn in the gulf region. The white continuous band will be the emblem for the 22nd World Cup, which takes place in Qatar in 2022.
The emblem has been designed to represent the shape of traditional woollen shawls that are often worn in the gulf region during winter months when the event is being held.
With 1000 days to go, there is a constructive effort of meeting the ends keeping in mind the common goal of making the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar a grand success.