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Doha all set to host 2020 FIFA Club World Cup
- Updated: January 28, 2021
The organizing committee for the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup (Qatar) has confirmed its full readiness to host the 17th edition of the world championship, which will be held at Ahmed Bin Ali and Education City stadiums from February 4 to 11, with the participation of six clubs.
At a press conference today, the organizing committee revealed the health protocol that will be implemented during the World Cup period.
Fatima al-Nuaimi, Director of Communications for the High Commission for Projects and Legacy, confirmed that this year’s Club World Cup, which Qatar is hosting for the second time in a row, will be very different from last year’s version due to precautionary and health measures.
Al-Nuaimi said during her speech at the conference, that the organizing committee in cooperation with the Ministry of Health will implement a comprehensive health protocol during the tournament, pointing out the existence of precautionary measures applied in the process of buying and buying tickets and the presence of fans on the field, where will start on Sunday to put tickets on the website of the International Federation of Football (FIFA).
She stressed that in accordance with the precautionary measures applied, press conferences at the Club World Cup, both before and after the matches, will be held through visual communication, noting that the tournament will not witness accompanying events for the masses as is customary in major sporting events organized by the State of Qatar.
Mr. Jassim al-Jassim, Chairman of the Operations and Facilities Committee at the FIFA Club World Cup (Qatar 2020), said hosting the Club World Cup for the second year in a row is an opportunity to experience the World Cup stadiums, noting that 90% of the pilot operations to be carried out at the 2020 Club World Cup will be implemented at the 2022 World Cup.
Al Jassim said that the criteria for organizing this year’s Club World Cup are different from last year in light of the coronavirus crisis and precautionary measures taken by the Ministry of Health, considering that the success of the health protocol in the experiences of the Asian Champions League and the Emir of Qatar Cup, made FIFA agree to hold the Club World Cup in the presence of the masses.
He added that the Club World Cup will be an opportunity for the players participating in the experience of the stadiums and facilities of the World Cup, especially that the tournament will be held at the stadiums – Ahmed Bin Ali and Education City – two of the eight stadiums dedicated to the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Al Jassim stressed the readiness of “Ahmed Bin Ali” stadium 100% to host the club world cup matches, pointing out that the exclusion of Khalifa International Stadium from hosting the matches, came after the reduction of the duration of the tournament following the withdrawal of the Team Auckland City New Zealand, as the “Khalifa International Stadium” was experienced distinctively in the Club World Cup hosted by Qatar in 2019.
Six clubs are competing in the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup: A
- Al-Duhail SC
- Al Ahly SC
- FC Bayern Munich
- Ulsan Hyundai FC
- Tigres UANL
- the winners of the CONMEBOL Libertadores final scheduled for 30 January.
Auckland City of New Zealand, representative of Oceania, announced that the team would not participate in the tournament due to travel restrictions imposed in their country due to COVID-19.
“It’s not a good time,” he said