By Sports Reporter/Doha
Officials attending the FIFA Executive Football Summit in Doha have said they are expecting 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar to be a memorable edition.
Iraq Football Association (IFA) president Abdul Khaliq Masood has 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 added AFC Presidential candidate Saud al-Mohannadi has every right to compete for the top post and that he can do a good job in projecting the image of Qatar so that his country has a voice in FIFA. Masood said al-Mohannadi has a likeable personality.
Syrian Football Federation president Fadi al-Dabbas praised Qatar’s preparations for the 2022 World Cup.
“I am happy to be here for the FIFA gathering. It is a good opportunity to state our issues in front of the football family. It is also a good opportunity to discuss football plans,” al-Dabbas said. He said FIFA officials have promised to visit Syria during the coming months.
As for Qatar’s preparations for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, he said: “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 said he intends to support the candidature of al-Mohannadi for a seat on the FIFA Council.
“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,” he said. “It will be the best ever. I am sure of this.”
Turkmenistan Football Association secretary-general Arslan Kyyasovich expressed delight on visiting the Aspire Academy.
“Everything was high quality. The welcome accorded to us in Qatar was warm. I have the same impression about Aspetar, the sports medicine hospital. We are carrying a positive image of Qatar with us. Hopefully we will have an understanding with QFA so that we could improve our bilateral relations further. We will look to have training camps here at your great facilities, maybe at the end of January or February.
“We will start a full collaboration next year with training camps, workshops and other exchange programmes. I take the opportunity to thank QFA for their wholehearted support extended to us.
“We haven’t had the chance to visit the World Cup venues but at QFA headquarters we got to see the amazing projects that are about to be completed soon. We know Qatar is preparing eight great venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
“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. Mr Mansoor al-Ansari, the Secretary-General of QFA, has expressed their willingness to work with us to develop the game in a co-operative manner. I am sure we could join hands and take the game forward in both countries. Today at the FIFA gathering, there were a number of important issues discussed. I must say QFA is successfully hosting such key meetings along with FIFA. Such meetings are a great opportunity for footballs officials from around the world to gather and discuss the game’s development.”
He added: “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 the 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 said, “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.”
Araneta added: “The infrastructure here in Qatar is truly world-class. Plus Qatar has great experience of hosting top-class sports events. I take this opportunity to thank the QFA family for taking great efforts to have this gathering.”
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