FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar contemplating gives from Iran and different nations to host groups, reveals organiser

Qatar is contemplating gives from different international locations to host groups in the course of the 2022 World Cup, however no determination has been taken but, the pinnacle of the organising committee informed AFP on Monday.

A mannequin of the Al-Wakrah Stadium which can maintain matches in the course of the 2022 World Cup. Reuters

Iran has not too long ago provided to host groups who will play in tiny Qatar within the World Cup which begins in simply over 4 years time. When requested whether or not groups might be based mostly in Iran, chief organiser Hassan Al Thawadi mentioned Qatar had obtained “quite a few proposals from international locations with regard to internet hosting groups” across the time of the event.

“That is a part of the operational plan, however clearly it should be carried out with FIFA,” he mentioned.

“Nothing is set on this matter but and it stays underneath dialogue.”

Any transfer to just accept Iran’s provide would offer a serious increase for the Islamic Republic at a time when the US is attempting to isolate the nation internationally.

It may additionally show controversial within the Gulf.

Since 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have imposed a sweeping embargo on Qatar, with its one-time allies accusing it of searching for nearer ties with Iran and of supporting radical Islamist teams.

Qatar denies the costs, accusing its neighbours of searching for regime change.

Al Thawadi mentioned he hoped Qatar’s neighbours would carry a ban on their residents visiting Qatar in time for the World Cup, which kicks off on 21 November, 2022.

The nation’s unique pitch in its bid to host the event included plans to make use of services elsewhere within the Gulf.

“I hope the blockading nations can see the worth of this main event and may permit for his or her individuals to learn from this event,” he mentioned.

Requested about whether or not Qatar was ready to extend the variety of groups on the Qatar World Cup to 48, as mooted by FIFA, Al Thawadi mentioned he was nonetheless planning for the standard determine of 32.

“Our preparations proper now are for 32 groups, the present format. All of the preparations are ongoing based mostly on that,” he mentioned.

“There is a feasibility examine undertaken proper now for a 48-team competitors after which a call can be taken each by FIFA and ourselves as a bunch nation,” he added.

Accommodating one other 16 groups would vastly complicate Qatar’s process in making ready for the World Cup, which was awarded to the tiny desert state in 2010.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino final week all however wrote off the possibilities of a 48-team event in 2022, saying it might be “a tough problem”.

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