Doha, Feb 5, 2019: In line with the FIFA 2.0 vision and its objective to create an innovative model that streamlines the operational delivery of the FIFA World Cup, the creation of a joint venture that will be responsible for key aspects of the 2022 edition was announced in Doha today (FIFA Qatar joint venture).
“Today we take a major step in the organisation of the biggest single-sport event in the world,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, who is part of the nine-member management board that met for the first time today.
“Created in accordance with the FIFA President’s vision and together with our Qatari counterparts, the joint venture aims to reorganise the way we work at the operational front and avoid inefficiencies.
I convince that this new approach to planning, delivery and legacy, always hand in hand with our colleagues based in Qatar, will help to ensure that the World Cup continues to be the most eagerly awaited event by billions of fans worldwide.”
FIFA Qatar joint venture/H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, said:
“The formation of this new joint venture comes at a strategically important time on Qatar’s World Cup project, as we shift our focus from delivering stadiums, training pitches and the transportation required for 2022, to fan and player experience and event operations.
Nasser Al Khater, Chief of Tournament Readiness & Experience Group of the SC, will take up the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position in the joint venture.
Smith went on to say: “The Qatar-based joint venture that will plan and deliver the next FIFA World Cup will work together with FIFA in Zurich as one team and combine, at all levels, the event experience we have there with invaluable knowledge from our colleagues in Qatar.
It is a very important step, which shows how FIFA and the hosts are working together to deliver a successful and memorable event.”
“In less than four years’ time, we will be welcoming the participating teams and over one million fans to Qatar for the world’s most anticipated sporting event.
It is the work we do now which will ensure the experience we deliver is unlike anything previously witnessed at a tournament.
I look forward to leading this innovative joint venture with FIFA and the work it will be undertaking in the years to come.” —- FIFA