Convening this week under the chairmanship of AFC President and FIFA Executive Committee member Mohamed Bin Hammam (Qatar), the FIFA Tsunami Task Force allocated the remainder of the USD 10.55 million the international football family raised in the light of the tragic events that struck parts of Asia and Africa in December 2004 to reconstruction projects in the six FIFA member associations that were affected (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand) .
During the meeting in Zurich, the task force approved three new projects in India, Indonesia and Maldives at a combined cost of USD 1.44 million. These projects include the creation of various facilities, such as new training centres and dressing rooms, and the reconstruction of a stadium to replace the infrastructure destroyed by the tsunami.
Following the approval of these final three projects, the full USD 10.55 million balance of the FIFA/AFC Tsunami Solidarity Fund has now been assigned to reconstruction initiatives. In the course of its discussions, the task force expressed the wish to finalise the presentation of all pending projects in the coming months in order to ensure that all of the funds are put to their designated use by the end of this year.
The FIFA/AFC Tsunami Solidarity Fund was launched on the basis of immediate donations of USD 2 million and USD 1 million from FIFA and the AFC respectively. UEFA pledged USD 1 million soon afterwards and thanks to various other donations from across the world as well as the "Football for Hope" solidarity match in Barcelona, the total raised ultimately reached USD 10.55 million.