Smaller is be er for Qatar or­gan­is­ers

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

THE long­est dis­tance be­tween World Cup sta­di­ums in Qatar will be just 55 kilo­me­tres (35 miles), equiv­a­lent to trav­el­ling from Man­ches­ter United’s Old Traf­ford to Liver­pool’s An­field, fig­ures re­leased this week show.

World Cup or­gan­is­ers in the Gulf have cal­cu­lated the dis­tances be­tween the pro­posed eight venues for the 2022 tour­na­ment us­ing a satel­lite map­ping tool.

As well as the dis­tance be­tween Al-Bayt and Al-Khor sta­di­ums, or­gan­is­ers said the short­est dis­tance will be just 4.5km from the Khal­ifa In­ter­na­tional to Qatar Foun­da­tion Sta­dium.

That is ap­prox­i­mately the same as that be­tween Ar­se­nal’s Emi­rates ground and Lon­don rivals Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s White Hart Lane.

By con­trast, the long­est dis­tance in Brazil be­tween venues was more than 3140km, and the short­est al­most 340km, according to the fig­ures.

They were re­leased by the Supreme Com­mit­tee for De­liv­ery and Legacy, the body re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing the tour­na­ment in Qatar, to mark the fact it is ex­actly six years un­til the first game of 2022 and un­der­line the com­pact na­ture of their event.

Or­gan­is­ers say the tour­na­ment will be the “ul­ti­mate live ex­pe­ri­ence” for fans, giv­ing sup­port­ers the chance to at­tend more than one game a day in per­son.

As well as be­ing held in a rel­a­tively small coun­try with short dis­tances be­tween venues, there could be as many as four games played each day at the begin­ning of the tour­na­ment.

This be­cause the event will take place over 28 days, four fewer than nor­mal, af­ter FIFA moved the tour­na­ment to Novem­ber-De­cem­ber 2022 rather than the usual June-July, be­cause of con­cerns about Qatar’s fierce sum­mer heat.

“We have al­ways main­tained that Qatar’s size will make it one of the most unique World Cups ever that will benefit both fans and play­ers,” said the supreme com­mit­tee’s as­sis­tant sec­re­tary gen­eral, Nasser AlKhater.

The 2022 World Cup will kick off on Novem­ber 21 at the still-to-be­built Lu­sail Sta­dium, which will also host the fi­nal. –

Photo: AFP

The FIFA World Cup 2022 sta­di­ums in Qatar – in­clud­ing Al-Rayyan Sta­dium, mod­elled above – are all within 55 kilo­me­tres of each other.

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