Khaled Al Suwaidi, a member of the Organizing Committee of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, told the Efe agency that the dispute “for the first time in the history” of this tournament “in winter will favor the teams”, since the soccer players “will arrive more frescoes” than in the summer editions.
Al Suwaidi, who is in Seville during the celebration of the ‘World Football Summit’ congress that takes place in the Andalusian capital, where Qatar 2022 participates with an exhibitor, has assured that “the football calendar has been too tight since before the pandemic” of COVID-19, so “international players arrive tired at the end of the season.”
The Qatari executive expects “to see the best football that has been seen before in a World Cup”, because “this time, the players will arrive at the tournament in their best form”, while “in the last major championships, when the teams pass the group stage, the footballers have heavy legs”.
Khaled Al Suwaidi did not shy away from responding to the doubts raised by the observance of human rights in his country, something that “has been talked about since Qatar won the candidacy for the World Cup in 2010” and that, “to be honest, it must It can be said that it has been very useful to implement changes of all kinds”.
“Not just for the World Cup. Obviously, the World Cup is a huge event, but in the end when we organize this tournament we are already on the path of ‘Qatar National Vision 2030’, a journey to change the country with improvements in terms of social development as well. The World Cup came as a catalyst for all these changes”, he pointed out in the interview with Efe.
Al Suwaidi has commented that the emirate’s authorities have “been very open with all the controversy that has been created” by acknowledging “in 2010, that the system needed many improvements” that “are being done”, although he admitted that “of course, perfection has not been achieved but the impact of the World Cup in Qatar has been positive” to “improve social standards”.
Spain aspires, together with Portugal, to organize the 2030 World Cup edition, something that for Khaled Al Suwaidi is a “quite interesting possibility” as they are “two great countries with power in the world of football and with great cultural relevance as well” .
“Whether Spain go by itself or try to organize it with Portugal, I wish them the best. I hope the World Cup comes to Spain and if not, keep trying”, he added.
On the sporting front, Al Suwaidi believes that the “Qatar team will have a great tournament” despite the “bad luck of having fallen into a very tough group” and specified among the “large number of candidates who can win” “France , great team and current champion; to Brazil, a strong candidate” and to “Senegal, which may surprise. Maybe not winning, but come a long way, to the final or the semi-final”. (D)