‘We have in­valu­able lessons from this World Cup’

Sportstar - - INTERVIEW NASSER AL KHATER - AYON SEN­GUPTA

Qatar, the tiny gulf na­tion with a pop­u­la­tion of 2.6 mil­lion, had not qual­i­fied in any of the pre­vi­ous 21 edi­tions of the com­pe­ti­tion. That has not di­min­ished its am­bi­tions though, and the coun­try is on course to have the re­quired sta­dium and lo­gis­ti­cal in­fra­struc­ture in place by 2020, a good two years be­fore the World Cup.

With the month­long foot­ball fes­tiv­i­ties com­ing to an end in Rus­sia, the world’s focus, scru­ti­n­is­ing ev­ery minute de­tail re­lated to pol­icy and in­fra­struc­ture and polity, is now on Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup.

The tiny gulf na­tion with a pop­u­la­tion of 2.6 mil­lion had not qual­i­fied in any of the pre­vi­ous 21 edi­tions of the com­pe­ti­tion. That has not di­min­ished its am­bi­tions though, and the coun­try is on course to have the re­quired sta­dium and lo­gis­ti­cal in­fra­struc­ture in place by 2020, a good two years be­fore the World Cup.

Nasser Al Khater, the as­sis­tant sec­re­tary gen­eral of the Supreme Com­mit­tee for De­liv­ery and Legacy, sounded con­fi­dent about his coun­try’s abil­ity to deal with the mil­lion­plus visi­tors that the World Cup reg­u­larly brings and other chal­lenges that might come its way. He, how­ever, was guarded about bring­ing in a co­host for a pos­si­ble 4■­team tour­na­ment.

On af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion for World Cup visi­tors

We have done our es­ti­mates for over a mil­lion visi­tors. We have taken a look at the

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Asian surge: I be­lieve by 2022 we will have a larger fan­base trav­el­ling to Qatar from In­dia and China, says Nasser Al Khater.

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