Doha, Qatar: The ongoing FIFA Executive Summit in Doha, a gathering of more than 50 member associations from five confederations, were undivided in their belief that the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar would be a spectacular success.
The football heads from Iraq, Syria, Turkmenistan, Sudan and the Philippines said they were sure that Qatar would raise the bar higher.
Iraq Football Association (IFA) president Abdul Khaliq Masood said the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will meet “high standards”.
Masood said: “The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be ideal in everything. Qatar will meet all requirements — whether it is infrastructure, stadiums, transportation or hosting fans, it will be a World Cup that meets high standards.”
He added: “It will be a unique World Cup since the distances between two stadiums is very less. It just takes minutes to go from one venue to another. You can actually watch two matches in a day and I am sure we will see an exciting World Cup.”
Masood also said AFC Presidential candidate Saud Al Mohannadi, who is competing for AFC Presidency, can do a good job in projecting the image of Qatar so that his country has a voice in FIFA.
Syrian Football Federation president Fadi al-Dabbas praised Qatar’s preparations for the 2022 World Cup.
“As we have seen through the presentation at the workshop, there are tremendous preparations which are on-going. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy are doing a great job and we wish them success.”
Bhutanese Football Federation president Dasho Ugen Tshechup Dorji echoed his views.
“Qatar is the biggest supporter of the development of football in Asia. The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be seen by future generations as a model edition of the World Cup,” Tshechup Dorji said. “It will be the best ever. I am sure of this.”
Turkmenistan Football Association secretary-general Arslan Kyyasovich said the World Cup in Qatar would be unique.
“The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, I think, would be of a high level. The World Cup in Qatar will be held in November and December and the weather is just great at this time of the year. I think the World Cup in Qatar will be unique, something that we may have not seen before,” he said.
Sudanese Football Federation secretary-general Dr Hassan Abu Gabal said, “First of all I would like to congratulate the QFA on their General Assembly held on Monday. Also, I take this opportunity to congratulate the QFA President HE Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani on being re-elected for another four-year term.
“I feel Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup is a great opportunity to showcase to the world what sports means to people around this region. I have visited Qatar many times before and I have witnessed world-class sports events. Everything about Qatar is great news for first-time visitors. From the Hamad International Airport to sports venues, you feel in awe watching the amazing infrastructure in the country.”
Philippines FA president and FIFA Council member Mariano Araneta added, “I thank QFA for hosting this gathering. Each meeting is an opportunity to discuss the development of the game. As far as the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is concerned, I am confident that the event here will have all the ingredients of success. I expect great organisation from Qatar.”