The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) has achieved the disbursement of QR100mn ($27mn) for workers in 2019 through its Universal Reimbursement Scheme, notes a report recently published by the organisation.
“220 contractors and other contracting parties agreed to pay to the workers back towards costs illegally charged by intermediary agents during their recruitment and relocation to Qatar,” says the first FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Sustainability Progress Report.
The report also highlights several other key achievements that would enable the conduct of a smooth and splendid tournament in 2022. The report aims to provide an update to all stakeholders on how tournament organisers are progressing with the delivery of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Sustainability Strategy1 commitments and highlights the five sustainability commitments, including human rights, diversity and environmental protection as well as other sustainability-related objectives.
According to the report, SC has secured two chartered cruise ships for the tournament. “With a combined capacity of 4,000 cabins, they will serve as floating hotels during the tournament. They represent one of several adaptable accommodation solutions in place to address the short term spike in demand for accommodation during the staging of the tournament, while avoiding overdevelopment of sectors that may struggle after the tournament,” notes, the report.
The report points out that an online open course on Sustainability & Major Sport Events, inspired by the FIFA World Cup 2022 Sustainability Strategy was launched in partnership with the Josoor Institute and Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Over 900 people have enroled across more than 80 countries for the programme. Moreover, Tamreen, an online educational programme featuring FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022-themed lessons, has been launched and made available to all schools in Qatar.
FIFA’s Tobacco Free Policy was implemented at the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 to protect the health of thousands of attendees, participants, workers and volunteers from exposure to second-hand smoke, maintains the report.
Moreover, a total of 225 police commanders and 2,200 police officers received human rights and safety training last year while FIFA’s Anti-Discrimination Monitoring System was applied to all 168 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying matches in 2019. SC has also mobilised more than 4,000 volunteers across 20 events in 2019 building capacity to support future events.
As per the report, SC’s Generation Amazing programme celebrated its tenth year, reaching more than 500,000 people across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas since its inception and through its football-for-development programmes.
The FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 also helped in assessing and improving the tournament experience for disabled people and people with limited mobility including enhancements in infrastructure, staff and volunteer training, ticketing procedures, and transportation systems for disabled people and people with limited mobility.
Another key achievement, pointed out in the report is that the Al Janoub Stadium became fully operational, achieved its targeted sustainable building certification for design and build, and exceeded its targeted sustainable construction management certification.