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Qatar names board to oversee 2022 World Cup

Ruler's official decree sees crown prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani appointed as chairman

Qatar names board to oversee 2022 World Cup
An artists impression of The Qatar University stadium, part of the 2022 World Cup stadia plans. (Getty Images)

Qatar has announced the formation of a board of directors to oversee the organisation of the 2022 World Cup.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the ruler of Qatar, named the board through an official decree, state news agency QNA reported.

Qatar's Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and head of Qatar's Olympic Committee, is chairman of the board.

His brother and former Crown Prince Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, who is the ruler's Personal Representative, is the deputy chairman, Qatar daily Gulf Times added.

Qatar was announced as the host of the 2022 World Cup in December, becoming the the first ever Muslim and Arab country to be picked.

The decision came as a shock to the football world as Australia had been favourites, due to concerns over hosting the event during the summer in Qatar. However the country has promised to build a number of air conditioned soccer stadiums.

Another son of the ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani, who was chairman of the Qatar bid committee, has been named a board member along with Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al-Thani and Minister of Economy and Finance Youssuf Kamal.

Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning Abdurrahman bin Khalifa bin Abdul Aziz Al-Thani and Director-General of the General Secretariat for Development and Planning Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor bin Jassim Al-Thani were also included.

The board has been authorised to form a wider Local Organising Committee and other sub-committees.

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