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FIFA President praises Qatar 2022 infrastructure progress throughout whistle-stop tour

 
  • Gianni Infantino visits Qatar 2022 venues
  • FIFA President travelled on the brand new Doha Metro throughout his go to
  • He praised the infrastructure progress made within the nation

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has praised Qatar’s infrastructure progress and described the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ as a novel alternative for soccer followers to expertise a brand new tradition and area throughout a whistle-stop tour of the nation.

Infantino visited the 40,000-capacity Al Wakrah Stadium earlier than taking a helicopter journey to view the opposite seven proposed event venues, together with a number of coaching websites. He arrived in Al Wakrah after changing into one of many first individuals to journey on the brand new Doha Metro, which can open to the general public by the tip of the 12 months. He travelled from Doha Exhibition and Conference Centre (DECC), in West Bay, to Al Wakrah, a journey south which took roughly 20 minutes.

“The stadium could be very spectacular. Whenever you enter right here, you’ll be able to instantly really feel how imposing it’s, and you may see the progress which is being made right here 4 years earlier than kick-off,” the FIFA President advised sc.qa. “I believe this World Cup is extraordinarily essential, not just for Qatar however for the entire area. This World Cup is a novel alternative – an opportunity to point out the world what this area can supply; for soccer, but additionally for anyone on the earth to return and go to a ravishing place, study a brand new tradition and meet new individuals,” he added earlier than stating that the latest World Cup in Russia set a excessive benchmark.

“There are lots of classes we will be taught from Russia. The primary one is tips on how to welcome so many individuals – 1.5 million individuals headed to Russia to benefit from the World Cup and so they have been all welcomed in a approach that was surprising to many. There have been many fears about Russia, nevertheless it turned out to be a really protected World Cup, a really welcoming World Cup, in a rustic that made followers really feel good. The entire inhabitants contributed to that and I’m certain the identical will occur right here in Qatar. The Russian World Cup has been the very best ever, however the World Cup in 2022 in Qatar – I’m certain – might be even higher.”

Qatar launched its first tournament-ready venue within the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium again in Could 2017. The opposite venues, together with the 80,000-capacity Lusail Stadium, which can host the opening match and remaining in 2022, are all scheduled to be accomplished by 2020.

“As at all times, it’s a pleasure to welcome the FIFA President again to Qatar to witness the large progress we’re making. This has been a landmark go to, with him experiencing Doha Metro for the primary time and visiting Al Wakrah Stadium, which we’re trying ahead to launching within the very close to future”, mentioned H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary Normal of the Supreme Committee for Supply & Legacy, who accompanied Infantino on his tour along with H.E. Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, and Engineer Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie, Managing Director and Chief Govt Officer, Qatar Rail.

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