By Andy Sambidge
Emir issues decree to establish Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy
Qatar's Emir on Monday issued a decree to establish a committee to work closely with FIFA to ensure the Gulf state meets all its obligations for hosting the World Cup in 2022.
Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani's decree changes the name of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee to the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, with a further decree ordering the restructuring of the board of directors.
Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, said: "The formation of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and the restructuring of the board aim to create the best conditions to host the world's greatest sporting event, to catalyse development across all sectors in the state and to solidify the emphasis the government is placing on legacy for the 2022 FIFA World Cup."
Until now, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee has undertaken the operational preparations for the tournament.
The newly activated committee will be working closely with FIFA to fulfil all obligations under the hosting agreement, a statement said.
"With 2014 being a significant year for the delivery of stadium and infrastructure projects in Qatar, it is a natural juncture to separate the roles of delivery and legacy from the tournament operations and hosting experience for fans and players during the 2022 FIFA World Cup," the statement added.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy will focus on building tournament venues and projects, coordinating with local stakeholders and ensuring a lasting legacy far beyond the FIFA World Cup, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.
All existing contracts with the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee will be automatically transferred to the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.
Al Thawadi added: "This year is an important one for us as we begin to see five stadiums in different stages of construction in Qatar.
The activation of the local organising committee (LOC) is a further key milestone for us. As we focus on delivery and the legacy of venues, the LOC will be working closely with FIFA, as well as undertaking all event planning, operational planning and making sure that all commitments in relation to the hosting agreement are fulfilled."For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
This is a good initiative as with the existing ongoing projects for 2022 FIFA World Cup only the infrastructure is being developed. The expectation of FIFA has not been understood whether the ongoing projects comply to their standerds.
Wish Qatar all the best. However, in order to overcome past problems and achieve best outcomes, the Government has to make sure that they it utilizes the best of its local human resources by appointing the right qualified and experienced people under the new proposed upcoming restructuring.
So no jobs for the Qatari's then?