Qatar set to host major sporting events after World Cup: Thawadi

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Qatar would continue to host major sporting events even after the World Cup, including the Asian Games, and could potentially reapply for the Olympics.

The Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Hassan Al Thawadi, said so yesterday, September 19, 2022, during his address at the Concordia Summit in New York.

“The World Cup is probably the biggest event that Qatar hosts, but it’s not the only event. We’re on track to host major events – the 2030 Asian Games, we’re vying to host the 2023 Asian Cup and dare I say it, potentially we are going to reapply for the Olympics, our journey of hosting major events and using them to achieve the vision we have, extends beyond Qatar, it includes the region, includes the world and is ongoing,” he said.

Al Thawadi invited everyone to visit the country, adding that the World Cup is an opportunity to discover a new culture, it is an opportunity to explore differences. He added that the World Cup has the ability to bring people together and therefore celebrate common humanity saying: “These days most people are on the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of arguments or ideologies. There is unfortunately a lot of conflict Anyone who has experienced a sporting event, or anyone who has experienced visiting a country at a World Cup, Euro or any other sporting event, knows that they have this incredible ability to bring people together. celebrating our common humanity is at its peak.”

He added that the Middle East is a welcoming region and people can come from different backgrounds, but once someone is in the country, everyone feels at home.

On the challenges Qatar has faced with labor reforms, he said the commitment to human and social development dates back to 2006, long before the World Cup bid was even considered. Al Thawadi stressed that the labor reforms were not a response to criticism from the world, but because of Qatar’s values, adding, “We have pursued the reforms and pushed ahead of our own free will. Criticism served as a principle director when we discussed the subject with our International Labor Organization, the International Trade Union Confederation were at one time our adversaries, but today they promote the work that has been done in Qatar as a reference in the region.

He goes on to explain the impact of his organization’s efforts on workers’ rights. “The work we have done in the SC is a global benchmark. We have launched the Worker Wellbeing Forum within the SC to ensure that all workers in the companies involved with us can raise their concerns. and their grievances without fear. This initiative piloted in the environment of the World Cup has now spread across the country. And over the past four years, companies have voluntarily pledged to repay approximately $28 million recruitment fee, of which $23 million has already been paid,” he said, adding that “the legacy is being delivered now. This is not something we envision beyond 2022, the “Legacy is delivered now and it won’t end after 2022. Labor reforms are something we deliver before the tournament and it will last beyond that.”

He explained that “in terms of referrals, the only other international organization that replaces us is Apple and they did it over a period of seven years and they paid back about 37 million I think. We did over a period of four 28 million years and again I think that’s a model that we would not only push to the broader aspect of the environment in Qatar, but I think that’s a model that can be implemented at worldwide.”

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