Qatar 2022 Will Be Affordable For Fans - Says Organizers

By Ibrahim Taiwo, The Nigerian Voice Sports
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The head of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organising committee has promised to ensure the tournament remains affordable for fans despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the global economy.

The Asian nation will host the 32-nation tournament in November and December 2022 and Hassan Al Thawadi, head of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, is hopeful the public health situation will be vastly improved he acknowledges the ripple-effects for the economy will be a challenge.

“What is recovery going to look like? It is all, right now, unclear, we are entering into a recession, there is always a concern about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford travel and coming to participate and celebrate the World Cup,” he told newsmen.

Al Thawadi also said he has been consulting with industry experts and also has plans in place to engage with other major sports events, such as the Tokyo Olympics, which has been postponed to 2021 from this year, as Qatar looks to respond to the crisis.

“We have always said from day one that this will be an affordable tournament, we want anyone who wants to come to the World Cup to be able to come,” he said.

“Now, with the uncertainty of what it is going to look like post-Covid, there is no clear blueprint that I can sit down and discuss.

“(But) we are still committed to creating a balance between an affordable World Cup, at a price-rate which is affordable for fans, and at the same time a price-range which is affordable and functionable for the industry, for the service providers, for the supply chain, that is in responsible for delivering the World Cup,” he added.