20 May 2017 - 9:28
FIFA confident in Qatar's preparations for World Cup 2022: Infantino
Doha: FIFA President Gianni Infantino expressed his delight at seeing Khalifa International Stadium, one of the stadiums that will host World Cup 2022, ready to host matching and footballing event. He said that this increased their confidence in Qatar's commitment, through the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, to hosting the competition which is five years away.
More than 45 thousand spectators attended the final of HH the Emir Cup, which Al Sadd SC won 2-1 against Al Rayyan. HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani patronized the inauguration of Khalifa International Stadium.
The official inauguration ceremony included a light show from the newly installed LED lights, a performance from the Emiri Guard and a stunning firework display that saw pyrotechnic experts display 2022 in the sky above the stadium in fireworks to mark the opening of the World Cup venue.
Infantino added in a statement that seeing the work already done gives FIFA confidence that Qatar will deliver "an amazing tournament in 2022."
For his part, HE President of Qatar Football Association Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Thani said he was delighted that Khalifa International Stadium was became to give an exceptional experience to the fans.
"Khalifa International Stadium is close to Qatari hearts and has seen some of Qatar’s biggest sporting occasions over the years since it was first launched in 1976. It was therefore a fitting venue for the biggest match of Qatar’s football calendar, the 2017 Emir Cup final between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd."
For his part, Secretary-General Hassan Al Thawadi said that " "The completion of our first stadium more than five years before the Qatar World Cup begins is an important milestone that reflects our determination to deliver a tournament the entire Arab world is proud to be a part of. As we promised in our bid, our innovative stadiums offer an unrivalled experience to fans and players alike. I’m proud we can show these off to the world and welcome fans with the hospitality this World Cup will be remembered for."
Al Thawadi added that the State of Qatar will deliver on its promise to introduce innovative stadiums that give an unprecedented experience. Khalifa International stadium recorded a new world record in the speed with which the football pitch was laid down. The grass at the stadium took a record 13.5 hours, compared to the average of 18 hours in Europe.