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Weah Serves As Qatar World Cup 2022 Envoy …Arrives in Doha

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DOHA, QATAR: The President of Liberia, George Manneh Weah on Friday, November 18, 2022, arrived in the Qatari City of Doha.

President Weah arrived in Doha via Paris, where he participated in the Paris Peace Forum, advocating for Liberia’s development and growth.

The Liberian Chief Executive, along with 26 other Presidents, is in Qatar as a guest of the Qatari Government and the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).

According to an Executive Mansion release issued via its website, the President, a former FIFA’s Ballon d’Or and former Qatar 2022 World Cup Bid Ambassador is expected to hold bilateral and multilateral meetings with the Emir of Qatar, H.H. Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar.

The Liberian Leader will also meet with the Chief Executive Officers of Qatar Foundation, Aspire Zone Foundation, Chairman of Al-Qamra Holdings, among others.

Profile of the World Cup 2022

The FIFA World Cup 2022™ in Qatar is the first to be hosted in the Middle East and the most geographically compact since the inaugural edition of the tournament in 1930. The FIFA World Cup 2022™ is unique in many respects, with the type of opportunities and challenges related to sustainability being no exception.

The FIFA World Cup™ is the biggest single-sport competition in the world. After a preliminary competition, the 32 qualified men’s national football teams compete to become world champions in a final competition staged during one month in a host country selected by FIFA.

It is anticipated that over one million spectators will attend the tournament’s 64 matches, and the competition will reach a global in-home television audience of over 3 billion people, with more than one billion fans tuning in to watch the final match. In addition to the matches, there are a host of other official competition-related events, including draws, team and referee seminars and workshops, opening and closing ceremonies, award ceremonies, cultural events, press conferences and launch events.

Hosting the FIFA World Cup™ often represents a historical milestone and symbolic achievement for the host country, with major implications for local communities, infrastructure development and service provision. It includes the employment and training of thousands of workers and volunteers, the transportation of hundreds of thousands of fans and the protection of people’s health and safety throughout the tournament. The scale and complexity of the tournament can generate significant opportunities for all those involved, but they also present a range of risks that must be effectively managed in order to deliver a successful tournament.

Unique characteristics of the tournament
The FIFA World Cup 2022™, which was awarded to Qatar in December 2010, will be the first FIFA World Cup™ to be hosted in the Middle East. This is a tremendous opportunity for the region to welcome and connect with billions of people from across the globe, showcasing its unique identity and culture and building new bridges of understanding.

The tournament will be held from 21 November to 18 December 2022, when the average temperature in Qatar ranges from 24-28 degrees Celsius. Early in the planning process, the tournament was moved to winter in Qatar, to protect athletes and attendees from the summer heat.

It will also have the most geographically compact footprint in the tournament’s history since the inaugural single-stadium edition in 1930, with all stadiums within 50km of the center of Qatar’s capital city Doha. This hosting concept means that spectators and players will spend less time travelling and more time enjoying the tournament, and it will create opportunities to centralize the provision of some services and facilities.

A key objective of the FIFA World Cup 2022™ is that it serves as a catalyst for the achievement of Qatar’s long-term development goals as laid out in the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2018-2022.

The tournament organizers
Successful delivery of the FIFA World Cup 2022™ requires the close coordination and collaboration of three primary delivery partners – the tournament organizers – who work closely with a broad range of stakeholders in Qatar and internationally to deliver the tournament.

Sustainability impacts of the tournament
Sustainable development, as defined in the UN’s 1987 report “Our Common Future”, is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It has three main pillars: economic, environmental and social.

The preparation, staging and post-tournament activities of a FIFA World Cup™ can generate a wide range of impacts on the economy, the natural environment and on people and communities, both in the host country and internationally. While many of these impacts are positive, there are also risks of adverse impacts. The FIFA World Cup 2022™ is unique in many respects, with the type of opportunities and challenges related to sustainability being no exception.

Hosting the tournament presents tremendous opportunities for development of local industries, expertise and infrastructure, for innovation and application of world-class standards, and for support of Qatar’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. As with any mega-event, the FIFA World Cup 2022™ also presents risks related to the increased use of limited natural resources and the generation of emissions, as well as to the health, safety and well-being of all people involved in the tournament, including workers, participants, attendees and local communities. We followed a process of extensive stakeholder consultation in order to priorities the most material areas so as to focus our effort and resources on maximizing the sustainability of the tournament.

2022 World Cup Funding
People take photos with a FIFA World Cup 2022 installation near the Doha Corniche in Doha, Qatar, on November 11, 2022.

The World Cup Qatar 2022, which begin in November, will be the most expensive FIFA tournament in history, with a total cost of about $220 billion.

By contrast, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil cost an estimated $11.5 billion and Russia 2018 about $14 billion.

Since 2010 when the Gulf state Qatar was awarded the bid to host the World Cup, it has been elaborately planning an infrastructure network to serve the world-level FIFA tournament.

Reports show that costs associated with Qatar’s new stadiums range between $6.5 billion to $10 billion, a significant increase from the proposed four billion U.S. dollars in the initial bid.

The remaining cost was used for the broader Qatar 2030 plan, which focuses on developing infrastructure, including an innovation hub with hotels, a sophisticated metro network, and airports.

To welcome the World Cup, Qatar has built a new city, Lusail City, which is renowned as “the City of Football.” Lusail stadium will serve as the main venue with a capacity of 80,000 people.

FIFA has allocated $440 million as prize money for the tournament, a $40 million increase from the 2018 edition.

The opening match will kick off on November 20 and feature 32 teams and attract more than 1.2 million visitors to the city, reports Al Jazeera.

Qatar, with a population of just 2.8 million, is one of the world’s wealthiest countries. Petroleum is a major source of its vast wealth.

2022 Controversial World Cup
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is an association football tournament, contested by the men’s national teams of FIFA’s member associations and the 22nd FIFA World Cup. It takes place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022. This is the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world, and the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.

The tournament is the last with 32 participating teams, as the field will increase to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament. Matches at the event will be played in eight venues across five cities. France is the defending champion, having defeated Croatia 4–2 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. Because of Qatar’s intense summer heat and humidity, this World Cup is being held during November and December, being the first tournament not held in May, June, or July and to take place in the northern winter. It will be played in a reduced timeframe of 29 days. The opening match will be between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor. The final will be held on 18 December 2022, coinciding with Qatar’s National Day.

The choice to host the World Cup in Qatar has been the source of significant controversy. These include Qatar’s poor treatment of migrant workers, poor human rights record, persecution of LGBT people, among others; leading to allegations of sportswashing. Others have said Qatar’s intense climate and lack of a strong football culture is evidence of bribery for hosting rights and wider FIFA corruption. Boycotts of the event are planned by several countries, clubs and individual players, and former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has twice said that giving Qatar hosting rights was a “mistake”.

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