Organizers of Qatar 2022 World Cup have reiterated their commitment towards sustainability and a greener future at a press conference in Doha.
Speaking at the presser last Wednesday, the Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee (SC), Hassan Al- Thawadi said they have adopted the “Global Organization for research & Development” model that focuses on reducing carbon footprint in infrastructure and green buildings. “So we are not just preparing for the World Cup, but are effectively working towards a greener and healthier tomorrow.” Thawadi added.
On the recent downward spiral of crude oil prices, the Supreme Committee for ‘Delivery and Legacy’: the body responsible for the pre-event preparation and hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup assured the press that : “ it is on course to delivering the results on time.”
Thawadi said: “Of course, our budget is assigned by the government, but we are already working towards reducing our expenses. And this is before the oil prices went down. So when the oil price went down we had already worked out significant steps towards adjusting our budgets.” “And as the oil prices came down we started having discussions with the government and the impact of the slump was as great as people would have assumed.”
Nonetheless, the Supreme Committee says it will keep its promise to host the World Cup. To that end, they are trying various business models-particularly recession models capable of delivering the desired result with minimum expenditure. “We are working with the government and private sector together. The PPP or the public- private partnership model, we are working on that.” Thawadi emphasized.
By Dela Ahiawor