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Qatar promises world new World Cup

* As Nigeria stands to gain from their bid

By Onochie Anibeze, in Doha

Nigeria and other developing countries could benefit immensely if Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup succeeds. And the bid appears to be gaining ground with time.

Just as visiting Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula was assuring his audience here in Doha that the foremost football country in the world would back their bid, Director of Communications of the Qatar bid, Nasser Al Khater, was addressing African journalists during which he confirmed that some stadia will be donated as gifts to developing countries after the World Cup.

With a population of 1.6 million, Qatar may not find useful all the 12 stadia that they intend to use for the games.

“We will give the structures including the seats to some developing countries,” he confirmed what had been in the news and being celebrated globally.

Another thrilling aspect of their bid is the development of the technology that will cool the atmosphere in the stadia and the fan base zones during the World Cup.

The Italian National team, the Azzurri, World Cup champions.

With amazing facilities and enormous resources to host the world, weather appears to be the major obstacle for the Middle East country. It is usually too hot during summer in Qatar. But the country has said that air conditioners that will keep the stadium atmosphere not higher than 27 degrees centigrade will be built and with that players will enjoy their games. That technology is not even a novel in Qatar. Al Khataer took journalists to Al Sadd Stadium where the technology already exists and the journalists were all awed by the cooling effects on entering the stadium when outside surroundings were blazingly hot.

“This is the first stadium to have this technology in the world. But the cooling system is powered by gas. For the 2022 World Cup, we want to develop the cooling effects from solar energy. We have planned it and we are capable to bring a new World Cup to the world. Yes, it will be new in terms of technology, in terms of marketing, in terms of compactness with regard to proximity of all the stadium which can make it possible for somebody to watch two matches in a day if he so wishes. It will be a new World Cup in terms of tourism because we will liaise with neighbouring countries so that on a day a fan wants to spend some time visiting Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or Damascus he can easily do so with same visa that will be issued. It will be a new World Cup in terms of infrastructure.”

Just on Friday, the country presented their bid with other contending countries.

FIFA President was quoted as saying before the presentation that the Middle East also deserved to host the World Cup, the same sentiment he had expressed for South Africa before the African country won the bid to host the first World Cup in the continent.

Hours after his presentation, the visiting journalists were guests at the country’s FA Cup final known as the Emir’s Cup. The venue, the magnificent Khalifa Stadium, was electric with the teeming fans especially those of Al Rayyan who won by a lone goal beating Umm Salal. The fans were there to give the stadium a festival look but the game of the two sides was so dull the visitors almost slept while the game lasted. The only consolation, however, was that the goal by Afonso Alves was a classic one.

Presentation of the train network and the emerging structures that are in line with their development projects appeared out of this world. “You have not seen anything yet,” Al Khater said confidently.

“Qatar may not have the experience to host World Cup now but they have the money and with money you can buy experience,” Bakri Nour of Qatari Diar, the Real Estate Investment Company creating a wonderland in the area said in his own presentation.

Qatar is the highest exporter of gas in the world. They export about 50 per cent of the gas consumed globally. They are one of the fastest growing economies and they want to use the World Cup to demonstrate their might. FIFA is already excited.


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