Qatar Activates World Cup Local Organising Committee

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Al Thawadi was named the secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (WFI)
(WFI) The local organizing committee for the Qatar 2022 World Cup has been activated, with a newly-formed Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy providing oversight of the project.

The head of the LOC, which will liaise closely with FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke and his World Cup department, has yet to be named.

INSIDER is told the leadership will be announced next month.

A restructuring of the board of directors of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee led to the formation of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which will be led by secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi. He led the 2022 bid and has been Qatar 2022's leader and chief spokesman since the Gulf state secured World Cup hosting rights in December 2010.

“The formation of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and the restructuring of the Board, as part of the Emiri Decree, aim to create the best conditions to host the world’s greatest sporting event, to catalyse development across all sectors in the state and to solidify the emphasis the government is placing on legacy for the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” Al Thawadi said.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy will focus on constructing proposed tournament venues and projects, coordinating with local stakeholders and ensuring a lasting legacy beyond the tournament, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.

All existing contracts with the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee will be automatically transferred to the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

“This year is an important one for us as we begin to see five stadiums in different stages of construction in Qatar,” Al Thawadi added.

“The activation of the LOC is a further key milestone for us.

“As we focus on delivery and the legacy of venues, the LOC will be working closely with FIFA, as well as undertaking all event planning, operational planning and making sure that all commitments in relation to the hosting agreement are fulfilled.”

A Qatar 2022 spokesman told INSIDER that the appointment of architects and project managers for new stadiums would be announced in the coming weeks.

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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