20 Nov 2017 - 15:23
Qatar urges blockading countries to let nationals attend 2022 World Cup
DOHA: Qatar is urging the four countries imposing a diplomatic and trade blockade against it to allow their nationals to attend the World Cup in Doha in 2022, a senior Qatari organiser said on Monday.
"We separate politics from sports," Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general at Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, told reporters in Doha.
The committee is responsible for planning and operations for the tournament.
"We hope that the blockading nations see reason in this matter and allow for their people to be able to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity."
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties and imposed a blockade against Qatar in June.
Doha has had to find new suppliers of construction materials for its World Cup projects since the blockade was imposed, but the timeline for those projects has not changed, said Thawadi.
"Our plans are put in place, alternative supply chains are put in place and the projects are continuing on schedule and on cost," he said.