On 8 December in Doha, The Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee (LOC) held their second board meeting as preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ continue.
LOC CEO Hassan Al Thawadi, Deputy CEO Nasser Al Khater and COO Sakis Batsilas updated the board on operational developments for the 22nd edition of football’s flagship event, to be staged in the Middle East for the first time. “The success of 2022 is defined by the work we do today,” said CEO Hassan Al Thawadi.
The board meeting was the culmination of a series of workshops held between the LOC and FIFA over recent weeks, which focused on specific operational deliverables, designed to lay the foundation for a successful tournament seven years ahead of kick-off. This was the second time the board met, following the inaugural 2022 LOC Board Meeting in February.
Also discussed within the meeting were sustainability related topics including the subject of workers’ welfare and the commitments made by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) to ensure the safety of the workers involved in the construction of the FIFA World Cup stadia.
Following the meeting a delegation from FIFA, led by its Acting Secretary General Markus Kattner, were given a tour of five of the six proposed stadiums currently under construction throughout Qatar. The tour offered officials from football’s governing body the opportunity to get a sense of the progress made, seven years ahead of the tournament.
Hassan Al Thawadi, LOC CEO, said: “Today’s meeting is testament to the progress we are making ahead of 2022. Since our first board meeting in February we have strived to deliver on our promises to FIFA as we prepare for the first World Cup in the Middle East.
“In seven years’ time we will be immersed in the excitement and passion of the tournament. However, it is the work we do today which ensures that experience is unlike anything the world of football has previously witnessed.
“FIFA are well aware of our commitment towards using the World Cup as a catalyst for social progress, but this was yet another opportunity to underline our commitment to workers’ welfare,” concluded Hassan Al Thawadi.
“Planning is crucial to a successful FIFA World Cup and it was key for us to get first hand information on the on-going preparations. FIFA is working closely with the Supreme Committee and the LOC to develop the best operational plans for 2022. We are very pleased with the work accomplished by the 2022 LOC to date,” explained Markus Kattner.
“We are encouraged by the Supreme Committee’s Workers’ Welfare Standards related to the FIFA World Cup stadia, which meet international norms for working conditions, accommodation and wages. FIFA will continue working closely with the Supreme Committee to ensure that contractors comply with these standards throughout the entire construction cycle. We also strongly urge the Qatari government to accelerate the labour reform process on a national level to ensure that such labour standards become legally required for all construction companies active in Qatar,” said Kattner.
The Qatar 2022 LOC, which became operational on 27 January 2014, will focus on operational planning, tournament preparedness and coordinating with FIFA on all competition related matters. While the SC will continue to deliver all tournament related infrastructure and coordinate with various government bodies to ensure all related projects are delivered to leave a lasting legacy beyond the tournament.
The LOC, SC and FIFA will work closely together in delivering on the all the requirements to host a historic world cup in the Middle East for the very first time.