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FIFA 2022 World Cup: No effect of Coronavirus pandemic in infrastructure preparations in Qatar

Doha: Qatar’s preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is on schedule amidst the Coronavirus with ‘85 percent complete’, a top official responsible for delivering the infrastructure required for the tournament said.

“Despite the coronavirus pandemic, we remain ahead of schedule when it comes to delivering all the infrastructure required for the FIFA World Cup and are well on course to delivering everything well in advance of the tournament,” Khalid Al Naama, official spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy told Qatari daily newspaper The Peninsula recently.

“We have had to adapt in recent months. Strict social distancing measures have been implemented at all our sites, including construction sites and our head office in Doha.  The SC took all necessary precautions for workers, in line with the coronavirus preventative measures and interim guidelines recommended by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). We have utilised our existing network of medical clinics across all sites and accommodation,” he added.

 “Work on FIFA World Cup infrastructure is proceeding as per schedule. Overall, project completion stands at more than 85%, with over two years to go until kick-off, Khalid Al Naama, official spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has told Qatari daily newspaper The Peninsula.

The 2022 World Cup, will be held in eight stadiums and will be held in November- December period. The hosts of the next football extravaganza have completed three World Cup venues while another three slated to be completed by the end of next year.

The Khalifa International Stadium, Qatar’s oldest stadium, was renovated and reopened in 2017 with a 40,000-seat capacity. Al Janoub Stadium became the first FIFA World Cup ready venue to be built from scratch when it opened in 2019. In June, Education City Stadium with a capacity of 40,000 seats was opened.

“Later this year, and in early 2021 we also plan to announce the official completion of two more stadiums,” Al Naama said.

“We will have three stadiums remaining which will be complete in 2021,” he added.

“Later this year, and in early 2021 we also plan to announce the official completion of two more stadiums. Al Bayt Stadium which has a capacity of 60,000 seats and was recently announced to be the opening ceremony venue and Al Rayyan Stadium, which has a capacity of 40,000 seats and will host matches from the group stages until the quarter-finals. Both are more than 99.5% complete,” said the official.

He also gave an update on the progress of the three stadium which will be completed next year.

“Three stadiums will be completed in 2021. Thumama Stadium, with its iconic ‘gahfiya’ design and a capacity of 40,000 seats, Lusail Stadium, the biggest of all the FIFA World Cup venues with 80,000 capacity and host of the final FIFA World Cup match; and Ras Abu Aboud; the first fully demountable FIFA World Cup venue history with a capacity of 40,000 seats. These three stadiums are respectively 80.5%, 67% and 57% complete.”

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