Qatar marks fifth anniversary of winning 2022 World Cup bid today

Qatar marks fifth anniversary of winning 2022 World Cup bid today
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Published December 2nd, 2015 - 10:34 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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On Dec 2, 2010, Qatar beat bids from Australia, Korea, Japan and the US in a landmark FIFA vote in Zurich
On Dec 2, 2010, Qatar beat bids from Australia, Korea, Japan and the US in a landmark FIFA vote in Zurich

On the eve of the fifth anniversary of winning the historic FIFA World Cup bid today, Qatar has reaffirmed that FIFA 2022 World Cup will play out as an event for social change with far-reaching impact around the region.

On December 2, 2010, Qatar beat bids from Australia, Korea, Japan and the United States in a landmark FIFA vote in Zurich. "I think everybody understands the platform sports can offer towards bringing people together, building bridges, towards destroying stereotypes and wrong concepts that people may have," CEO of the Qatar 2022 Hassan Al Thawadi said.  

"There is no bigger platform than the World Cup and five years on you see generally where we have got to," Al Thawadi was quoted as saying in a report published today in Qatar daily (The Peninsula).  "I am proud of what we have achieved in the last five years. We have achieved quite a lot," Al Thawadi explained. 

Meanwhile, preparations for the 2022 World Cup are continuing at a brisk pace with construction on six of at least eight venues underway, including preliminary work on an 80,000-seater stadium in Lusail where the final will be held, the Qatari daily (Gulf Times) reported.  Lusail is a new $45 billion city being built 15 kilometres (10 miles) north of Doha.

Qatar will even complete work on the first ground, the 40,000-seater Khalifa International Stadium the venue for the 2019 World Athletics Championships by the end of 2016, six years before the first game will be played, boast World Cup officials.

Elsewhere, work has begun on the Al Rayyan stadium, the Qatar Foundation Stadium and the Al Wakrah stadium which takes "the dhow boats that carried generations of Qatari fishermen and pearl divers" to sea as a design inspiration.

All are 40,000 seat venues, which will host matches up to the quarter-finals. Also underway is work at the Al Bayt Stadium. This 60,000 capacity venue will host one of the World Cup semi-finals.  "Great progress has been made so far in preparations," Nasser al-Khater, assistant general secretary of Qatar’s organizing committee, said last month. "Since winning the bid in 2010, incredible amounts of work have gone in." Despite Qatar looking for potential budget cuts elsewhere, spending on the World Cup is protected, HE Qatar's Finance Minister Ali Sherif Al Emadi said this year. 

Most notable of the huge projects underway is the Doha Metro, estimated to cost around $36 billion. There are also new roads and a new docks being built in the west of Qatar. 

Among others projects is a vast almost $5 billion reservoir program designed to help conserve water in the desert state. A new airport the $17 billion Hamad International is already in use.  Even the national football team seems to have caught the preparation bug and could qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time for the 2018 tournament.

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