Blockade poses no risk to 2022 Cup: Thawadi
07 Oct 2017 - 1:49
London: The regional blockade on Qatar poses no risk to the 2022 World Cup going ahead, the tournament head said yesterday, maintaining that logistical obstacles are being overcome and building work is continuing with only “minimal” cost increases.
“We have come under criticism and attack over the years, but we have always faced our critics,” Qatar World Cup supreme committee Secretary- General Hassan Al Thawadi said.
“Our projects are going ahead as scheduled. This (blockade) is no risk in relation to the hosting of the World Cup.”
“Every project has contingency plans and we have had contingency plans in place from the very start,” Al Thawadi said in an interview during a visit to London to attend an exhibition by the Doha-based Aspire sports academy.
“Once the blockade came into play we contacted the main contractors, we put in place alternative supply chains, we sourced alternative materials from alternate suppliers. I’m very happy to say that our project scale is on time and there is no significant impact on our projects. “As of today we haven’t seen a significant impact on the cost. There might have been some minimal increase in terms of establishing alternative supply chains but these have been absorbed very, very quickly and been normalized as these supply chains have been put in place.”