By Biswajeet Panda
The delegation will assess Qatar's preparedness to host the World Cup finals.
Qatar which hopes to win the rights to host FIFA World Cup finals in 2022, is gearing up to welcome the soon to visit FIFA’s six member inspection team and show them its rise as a football giant in the Middle East.
FIFA delegation headed by Harold Mayne Nicholls of Chile arrives in Doha on a three-day visit on Tuesday.
Yesterday, Hassan Al Thawadi, CEO, Qatar 2022 Bid, said to The Peninsula: “We will show the world how well we have done in the last 10 years and what we can do in the next 12 years.”
Al Thawadi added: “We are all set to reach another milestone in our World Cup bid journey. We are ready to welcome the FIFA team.”
According to Al Thawadi, the FIFA team will get an opportunity to see the sports infrastructure in the country in general , and the football stadiums in particular, alongwith the city’s transport system .
They will also be given a fair idea about how fans would be accommodated if Qatar hosts the World Cup in 2022.
Qatar, is the last stopover for the FIFA inspectors delegation which has already visted England, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan, South Korea and the US.
Hassan Al Thawadi, CEO, Qatar 2022 Bid believes that if they are suucessful then they can do for the Middle East what the World Cup in South Africa did for the African continent.
Al Thawadi said: “This is not just our bid. We are bidding for the World Cup on behalf of the entire Arab world. We want to use the World Cup as a platform to reduce the gap between East and the West. A World Cup in the Middle East will help us do that besides helping football to take firm roots in this region.”
No other country in the Middle East has ever bid for the FIFA World Cup finals.
Good luck Qatar and well done for taking the lead.