Qatar’s foreign affairs minister says country in talks to ensure all attendees vaccinated before 2022 World Cup.
Qatar , Qatar
21 April 2021, 12:00 AM
30 April 2021, 12:00 AM
Qatar’s foreign affairs minister said on Saturday his country is ready to host the World Cup next year and has been in talks with vaccine providers to ensure all attendees are vaccinated, Qatar’s state news agency QNA reported.
Doha, among the most controversial World Cup hosts of the modern era, has bucked the trend of more established sporting nations which have cancelled or postponed a slew of elite events.
Instead it has deployed multi-billion dollar venues, luxury hotels-turned-quarantine centres and formidable virus testing system to host football, golf, tennis, motorcycling, judo and beach volleyball events - some with spectators.
“Right now there are programs under development to provide vaccination to all the attendees of the World Cup. We will be able, hopefully, to host a COVID-free event,” said Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, who is also deputy prime minister.
The president of global football body Fifa, Gianni Infantino, said in February that World Cup matches would play to full stadiums in Qatar next year.
Al Thani said he believed it would be the first carbon-neutral world event, QNA said.