FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Infantino Confirms that Qatar Will Organize Best Tournament in the History
Doha, November 23 (QNA) - Qatar is more ready to host a FIFA World Cup than any nation in history and will deliver the "best World Cup ever", HE FIFA President Gianni Infantino has told Qatar Foundations Education City Speaker Series as the build-up to the global sporting showpiece enters its final year.
A virtual event held to mark the one-year countdown to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 which kicks off on Monday, November 21, 2022 heard how the tournament will create a cultural, social, and economic legacy for Qatar and the region, including through cruise ships that will act as floating hotels for fans going on to play a post-World Cup role in boosting Qatars tourism and industry.
During the discussion, titled FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: The Countdown to History, Qatar Foundation (QF) and the FIFA Foundation announced a new partnership focused on inclusivity and engaging young people of different abilities through sport, including a Football for Schools app that will go global in 2022.
"I have never seen a country so ready to host a World Cup as Qatar," HE Infantino told the Education City Speaker Series.
"In terms of infrastructure, everything is ready, which means that for the next year we can focus on making sure every fan coming to Qatar will have an incredible experience in a welcoming part of the world, in a great country and in a great region.
"It will not only be the best World Cup ever, but also a truly unique one."
Speaking about how the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and the Arab world will support FIFAs efforts to grow the global game, Infantino said: "Our vision at FIFA is really to make football truly global. We often say it is a global sport, but (when) you scratch beneath the surface, you realize that top professional football is still very concentrated between a few teams in Europe. We need to give more opportunities and more access to the world through football, and the Arab world, in this respect, is crucial in this.
"There is a population of 450 million people, and there is a great passion for football among the Arab world. I think it is absolutely fitting to have the World Cup here for the first time in history. I believe that World Cup, being such an amazing event, really has the power to inspire young generations and develop football at all different levels.
"We, at FIFA, in Qatar, and everyone that is part of the team organizing the FIFA World Cup, want to really embrace sustainability, because we want to make football, and the impact that football has in the world, better from one World Cup to the next. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will really be a highlight, because we have the commitment from Qatar and that is something unique, that will be seen from now until the World Cup (finals), but much more importantly, after the World Cup as well." (MORE)