Fatma Samoura, secretary general at FIFA, has said that all venues for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are expected to be ready by as early as next year.
Qatar is building seven new stadia for the national team football tournament, with Khalifa International Stadium in Doha having also been renovated for the event.
Due to Qatar’s stifling summer climate, the tournament is due to take place from November 21 to December 18. Samoura is confident that all stadia will be commissioned two years before the tournament gets underway.
In an interview with Russian news agency Tass, Samoura said: “Qatar will be the first country in the history of the World Cups that will have all stadiums ready in minimum two years before the World Cup.”
Samoura said that one stadium has already been commissioned, with one more planned for this year plus an additional two in 2019 and the final four in 2020. “So I mean all eight stadiums will be ready by late 2020 or two years before the World Cup,” she added.
Last month, FIFA signed a joint venture with Qatar to ensure the successful delivery of the World Cup.
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC will be responsible for the planning and delivery of operations and services for the national team tournament. FIFA said the venture will seek to create greater efficiencies and control of event planning and delivery to maximise the World Cup experience.