Doha, Qatar, May 24, 2020: Top FIFA World Cup 2022 Organising Committee official Hassan Al Thawadi believes the football showpiece will help unite the world after the coronavirus is defeated.
Al Thawadi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, is of the view that the 2022 World Cup will bring people together.
“It may sound idealistic but COVID-19 has made us realise we are all social creatures. The impact on our mental health, the uncertainty, social distancing, not being able to engage with each other – everyone misses human interaction,” Al Thawadi said in an interview last week.
“I’ve always dreamed big and said this is a World Cup to bring people together and, goodness knows, after COVID-19 we have to come back together. We need to get over this and celebrate collectively during Qatar 2022,” he said.
Al Thawadi revealed the FIFA World Cup 2022 Organising Committee had moved quickly to protect its workforce during the pandemic.
“In coordination with the Ministry of Public Health we isolated at-risk workers, provided awareness materials and educated people about best practice. We also took other actions, such as disinfecting work sites, to limit the spread as much as possible.
“We are continuing work at a much slower pace than normal but we are blessed with already being ahead of the game in terms of infrastructure. We have completed more than 80 per cent of venues – two-and-a-half years before kick-off,” he added.