SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia: The Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Hassan Al Thawadi said the FIFA World Cup 2022 will help to transform the region and accelerate Qatar National Vision 2030.
Al Thawadi was speaking at a two panel sessions during the three-day St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
“Qatar has always understood the potential impact of the World Cup and how it can accelerate our national vision and transform our country for future generations,” said Al Thawadi.
During the first panel, titled ‘Big Football in the Cityscapes’, Al Thawadi and his fellow panelists discussed how cities and countries can benefit from hosting mega-events.
“From day one, we set about ensuring the tournament leaves behind not just world-class sporting infrastructure, but that it has a positive social and human impact on those in Qatar and across the region in the build-up to, during, and long after the tournament has finished,” he added.
The Qatari official also emphasised the need for innovative legacy planning to ensure tournaments leave an impact on a country long after they have finished.
“The World Cup is already helping Qatar develop new industries, attract new talent and investment into the country, and accelerate legislative change in critical areas such as labour reform,” said Al Thawadi.