Qatar to decide on World Cup stadiums by year-end: official

Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:00am EDT
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By Matt Smith

DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar hope to decide how many stadiums it will use in hosting the 2022 World Cup by the end of this year, a spokesman for the organizing committee said on Tuesday.

Corruption allegations at soccer’s governing body FIFA have put renewed media focus on Qatar, although Qatari officials remain confident the tournament will go ahead as planned and development of the country’s stadium infrastructure continues.

Qatar has announced details for five stadiums. Its bid included plans for 12 stadiums, but those proposals were not binding and it is obliged to use at least eight.

“The final number of stadiums is still to be confirmed, but it is expected a decision will be reached towards the end of 2015,” said a spokesman for the Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, which is responsible for the delivery of all tournament-related infrastructure.

The country is set to spend more than $200 billion on infrastructure as part of a 2030 development plan, a timeframe that includes hosting the World Cup in November-December 2022.

The Supreme Committee declined to estimate the total cost of stadium construction and renovation.

“Due to the stadiums currently going through the tender process, we are not in a position to release any further budgetary figures at this stage,” the spokesman added.

The five stadiums announced are a mixture of new builds and rebuilds of existing grounds.   Continued...

Secretary-General Hassan Al-Thawadi (C) of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the nation's 2022 World Cup organising committee, speaks during a news conference to announce the start of work on the Al-Khor Stadium in Al-Khor June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous