RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee has this week attended the opening round of matches at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, as part of an on-going observation process intended to draw vital learning experiences from the current hosts of the tournament held a year ahead of the FIFA World Cup.
Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, said:
“This increasingly important tournament is an invaluable opportunity for us to learn from the hosting experiences of Brazil, both in terms of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the on-going preparations for the FIFA World Cup here next year. These observations will further assist us to deliver an outstanding tournament in Qatar in 2022. We have witnessed a fantastic opening game in the city of Brasilia and an equally memorable match in the historic Maracana, a stadium which is inextricably linked with the history of the World Cup.”
On Monday, Al Thawadi spoke as a panellist at the Financial Times/International Football Arena Business of Football Summit in Rio de Janeiro, as part of a session which included his counterparts Ricardo Trade, CEO of the Brazil 2014 World Cup, and Alexey Sorokin, CEO of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee.
Discussing the topic ‘What the Future Holds for World Football,’ they held mutually beneficial discussions including ways of optimising the power of the World Cup for the social and economic benefit of the host nation. They also exchanged ideas about how legacy considerations can be implemented into the planning stages of the world’s greatest football tournament.
The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee is also taking part in the FIFA Observers Programme at the Confederations Cup, as Qatar prepares to host the same event in 2021 – a year before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. This programme incorporates observation of both competition and non-competition venues, including the media centre and security command centre, as well as venue operations, airport operations, transport, branding and signage, ticketing, merchandising, accreditation, volunteers, fan zones, media operations, teams and team base camps.