FIFA has revealed that it has no security concerns ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar despite the increased political tension and military action in the Middle East this month.
Regardless of the ongoing hostilities in the region, Football’s governing body has reiterated its commitment to the first World Cup that’ll be staged in the Middle East. A FIFA spokesperson in a chat with Sky Sports News maintained the body’s stance.
“There is no reason to be concerned at this stage”
FIFA is in daily contact with the organizers of the competition in Qatar including an assessment of safety and security and no consideration has been made to any proposal to change the host nation. They still maintain that Qatar is still one of the safest countries in the world.
A spokesperson for the Supreme Committee said: “Qatar will host several leading football teams this month including Bayern Munich, Zenit St Petersburg, PSV Eindhoven, and Ajax. Qatar hosts winter training camps every year as teams travel to Doha to experience the world-class training facilities on offer and mild temperatures.
“This season’s winter training camp period comes after tens of thousands of fans from across the globe traveled to Doha last month for a safe and successful FIFA Club World Cup and Arabian Gulf Cup.
“Qatar remains one of the safest countries in the region and the world; with just under three years to go until the FIFA World Cup 2022 kicks off we will continue to welcome fans and teams to Qatar.”
Since June 2017, the likes of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar whilst the land border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia has been closed. Also, flights between Qatar and the aforementioned countries have also been suspended, although direct flights between the UK and Qatar are still operational.
“We are on the right path,” Hassan Al Thawadi, general secretary of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said:
“Hosting the Gulf Cup and the Club World Cup have been great educational milestones. We are hosting the Club World Cup [again], and another event in 2021. I believe, over the next three years, we will be ready to host the world in 2022.”