Qatar 2022: Infantino reiterates Qatar's readiness as host nation
FIFA president, Gianni Infantino has once again reiterated the readiness of Qatar to host thirty-two nations in the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup which is just five months away. Infantino made this known while speaking at the just-concluded Qatar Economic Forum, Powered by Bloomberg, yesterday, the world football governing body head said infrastructure, accommodation and other mechanisms are in line to give fans a memorable experience. The FIFA supremo noted that in his donkey years in the football business, no states of readiness for any competition has been impressive like Qatar's for the 2022 Mundial. “I think the whole country here and more of the whole region is tuning in for this World Cup. The stadiums are all ready one year before the World Cup, which is unique,” Infantino said. “I am now in this business for the last couple of decades; I’ve never seen such a state of readiness for a big event like here. We are getting ready, day by day, more and more, to welcome two million people here in Qatar from the airport to the accommodation and transportation. Everything is done to make this experience very special for all,” he added. Infantino further revealed that the facilities, including accommodation, are ready to host fans. “Yes, there will be tents as well in the desert. We have also seen that; it’s fantastic — the desert experience. There are beautiful hotels as well." "Accommodation is not a worry. Everything is done for there to be enough accommodation and as well of course in the neighbouring countries. Let’s not forget this; Qatar 2022 is also the World Cup of the GCC and the whole Middle East.” Highlighting this uniqueness, Infantino said this is an opportunity for people to visit and understand the region while emphasising the significant reforms of the last ten years. “FIFA is a sports organisation, we are the governing body, but football and the World Cup is much more than that. It is not just the most incredible show on earth, the biggest event but with the ability to bring significant social impact. “So all this progress has been done because of the spotlight of the World Cup. It has been done in a record-breaking time. Now, we must ensure that there is not just a text of the legislation, but it is implemented.” FIFA expects around five billion people, more than half the world population, to tune in for Qatar 2022. Ticket sales have been massive, with over 23 million ticket requests and an impressive five million ticket requests for the final.