SC denies all allegations about hosting 2022 World Cup
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) has strongly denied the allegations contained within the court papers made public in the United States on Tuesday.
"They are part of a long-standing case, the subject of which is not the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process, SC said in a statement.
A statement from the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. pic.twitter.com/XGmVdRvjBO— Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (@SCcorporate) April 7, 2020
The Committee highlighted that despite years of false claims, evidence has never been produced to demonstrate that Qatar won the rights to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 unethically or by means that contravened FIFA's strict bidding rules.
The SC maintains that it strictly abided by all rules and regulations for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process. Any claim to the contrary is baseless and will be fiercely contested, it added.
In the past, SC and FIFA have rubbished a number of rumors and false information making the rounds against Qatar's hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Despite such allegations, Qatar is successfully accelerating toward the completion of most of the tournament's facilities.
Recently, FIFA President Gianni Infantino lauded Qatar's preparations for the World Cup and said the country will host an unforgettable edition of the mega tournament.
In February, SC also began the official countdown to the tournament, which is displayed on its website.
With about 957 days to go now, Qatar is set to host the most compact FIFA World Cup in modern times, one where fans, players and officials will remain in the thick of the action, never too far from a stadium, training site or fan zone, the Committee said earlier.
In terms of those who want to witness the spectacular tournament unfold in Qatar, a recent worldwide survey by SC indicated a massive demand from the international market. The country is expecting around 1.5 million visitors to come to the country during the games in 2022.
To make sure football fans are accommodated and enjoy their experience in Qatar, Qetaifan Island North is set to house 16 floating hotels for tourists and fans coming to Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The unique accommodation will be closest to Lusail Stadium, set to host the opening and final games of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and will offer lodgers a chance to indulge in a host of activities.
Qatar and FIFA also presented the first-ever joint World Cup Sustainability Strategy earlier this year. The associated policy applies to all functional areas and projects involved in the preparations for and staging of the tournament, in addition to post-event activities.
In light of the current situation and protecting workers, SC confirmed its commitment to ensuring all precautions are in place and said to date there have been no confirmed cases of the infection among workers on SC sites.
Meanwhile, health authorities in Qatar continue to implement the highest level of monitoring, detection, and management procedures to deal with the virus, the public has been advised to follow certain measures to safeguard their health.
For any queries, or concerns related to COVID-19 in Qatar, the public can contact a 24/7 hotline set up by the Ministry. The hotline number is 16000 and is toll-free.
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