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Qatar unlikely to build all of the 12 proposed stadiums for 2022 World Cup

Qatar is seriously reviewing the necessity of building all of the 12 proposed stadiums in its bid for the 2022 World Cup Soccer Tournament, during the finalizing of plans that will go to FIFA for approval, the organizing committee revealed.

Following its win to host the World Cup in 2010, Qatar announced plans for a seires of construction and infrastructure projects for the next 15 years. However, due to bureaucratic and logistical constraints, and mounting construction costs and foreign criticism of employment conditions for workers in Qatar, some of these projects may be delayed or suspended or called off.

The requirement is for a minimum of eight and maximum of twelve stadiums. Although Qatar’s bid had included 12 stadiums, when a country is chosen as a host, a review of bid plans is made with organizers to propose the final host cities and stadium projects, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy pointed out in its statement.

Qatar’s final proposal for the number of stadiums to be built, which would be submitted to the FIFA Executive Committee for approval, will have lesser number of stadiums. Although Qatar continues to maintain its status of being the world’s top exporter of liquefied natural gas, it does not appear to face any difficulty in funding its tens of billions of dollars’ worth of projects.

However, scaling back some of the construction projects may reduce waste and ensure that key projects are on schedule.

Last month, a government source revealed that 15 percent of planned projects were likely to be rescheduled, although he emphasized that work for the World Cup would take priority and be completed on time.

Qatar had hosted the Under-20 FIFA World Cup in April 1995 and the 2022 organizing committee is confident that it can fulfill a promise to host the sport during midsummer in air-conditioned stadiums, training camps and public areas.

Recently, Qatar sought to clear widespread allegations about migrant workers’ conditions on World Cup building projects and detailed about how their rights need to be protected by contractors.

Posted on 22/4/2014

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