(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY, April 15:
Kuwait informed FIFA President Gianni Infantino during his visit to Kuwait
Saturday and Sunday on a preliminary agreement to co-host the 2022 world cup
finals with Qatar, affirming readiness to provide all necessary facilities in
case the final decision favors her.
affirmed that FIFA President visited the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber
Al-Sabah, the National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, and Kuwait Football
Association President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Yousef, and several relevant government
and sports officials during the two-day visit.
He had the impression that Kuwait
was actually ready to co-host the biennial event, while the country may
officially announce its decision whether or not to hold it soon. The decision
will have strong effect on the FIFA congress voting on the proposal to increase
the number of participation to 32 to 48 teams, which is expected to happen during
the May 5 meeting in Paris .
The same sources emphasized that
Kuwait is capable of providing necessary facilities in terms of building and
upgrading structures, in addition to logistic and technical procedures demanded
by FIFA. Co-hosting the event is seen as
a golden opportunity to improve and upgrade sporting facilities, as well as
elevate standard of Kuwaiti sports and players generally in a way that will put
the name of Kuwait in the world map of global sport.
Meanwhile, information gathered
indicates that Qatar is proposing an alternative of introducing the possibility
of including Turkey in hosting of the tournament in case Kuwait rejects the
offer like Oman. It was reported that suggesting Turkey will rescue the
situation in favor of Doha. It further revealed that bringing Turkey into the
picture is as a result of the boycott against Qatar by Saudi Arabia and UAE on
one hand and strong tie between Doha and Ankara that has been involved in
building sporting facilities and establishing military base in Qatar.
Al Seyyasah Staff