World Cup CEO hopes to capitalize on lessons from Tokyo for crowded stadiums

Nasser Al-Khater, director general of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, said he expects his country’s preparation for COVID-19 and lessons learned from this summer’s Tokyo Olympics will enable the first football event. to take place with crowded stadiums.

Al-Khater is hoping that next year’s compact tournament, with all eight stadiums located within 75 kilometers of each other, can fully accommodate fans, avoiding a repeat of the Tokyo Olympics with almost no spectators.

“We think the Olympics are closer to a World Cup in Qatar because they all take place in one city… It was really an important opportunity for us to go and learn,” Al-Khater said. Thursday, on the 11th anniversary of Qatar’s victory. Hosting offer for the World Cup.

“I think Tokyo did its best with the situation. But that’s why we really have to be an observer.

The ongoing Arab Cup is a valuable rehearsal for Qatar, almost infrastructure-ready, with the stadiums, major road network and fully operational metro delivered. The airport expansion will be completed by the start of November 21 to December 21. 18 tournament.

“We don’t know where the world will be next year,” he said. “(But) we are putting plans in place regarding COVID protocols and measures. We have hosted over 100 games since the COVID outbreak. Our protocols are quite solid. We know how to deal with it here.

“We hope the world starts to come out of this crisis and this pandemic, and I hope the World Cup is truly a global event with full fan participation.”

In addition to foreign media corruption allegations about how Qatar got its award, British daily The Guardian reported in February that 6,500 migrant workers had died in Qatar since the World Cup was awarded. But Al-Khater called the news “truly irresponsible journalism.”

“I can tell you concretely and with confidence that we have had three work-related worker deaths,” he said, adding that it is their “responsibility and duty to ensure that they ( media) get the correct facts and have access to the information.

Organizers are expecting 1.2 to 1.5 million fans for the final 32-team World Cup tournament, and Al-Khater has said neither the ban on alcohol nor the persecution of sexual minorities will be unsuccessful. problem during the World Cup in a Muslim country.

“Qatar is a very international country. Doha is a very international city. As you know, the Qataris make up 12% of the total population, ”he said. “Alcohol isn’t really part of our culture, but it’s available here. And it’s normal for us to go to a restaurant and see people drink their alcohol, their wine or whatever.

“The passage of time has made us very welcoming towards other cultures, understanding and tolerant towards other cultures. So there will be everything for all the fans here.

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