Qatar 2022 CEO Nasser Al-Khater has something to say about Indian Sports aficionados being addicted to football. The Qatari official said on Thursday that the FIFA World Cup qualifiers had begun to gain some ground in the country and that the people aren’t considering cricket as the only sport of note to them.
Al-Khater told a gathering of media that India is beginning to develop as a “huge football market” and the Indian Super League is also beginning to produce a more interesting football score. The people used to gobble up everything about cricket, but the liking for football is steadily growing in the country, he added.
Hope for More Visitors
Al-Khater, aside from being an official for the World Cup Committee, is also the Assistant Secretary General, Tournament Operations, assigned with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. He expressed confidence that the country should receive an influx of Indian visitors during the World Cup there.
He cited the U-17 World Cup in 2017 as a good example. During the said event, he said that there was such an example of passion and popularity of the sport among the people gathered there. He promised that the interest among their neighbors from Asia will be “huge”.
Battling Negative Misconceptions
Since gaining the right to host the World Cup in 2022, Qatar has been on the receiving end of some nasty allegations. But Al-Khater has been quick to come to the defense of his nation, saying that it wasn’t true that the country lacks football history nor was it too small to host such an event—in fact, he suggested, it has some “advantage.”
The world is still gripped with a pandemic that has caused some countries to close their borders and to remain closed even now. Even then, Al-Khater promised 12BET sportsbook fanatics and fans of football in general that they have protocols in place to make sure all visitors, players, and officials visiting the country for the games remain safe.
Preparations are in Place
Aside from keeping the fans safe, the official said that they are looking into ways on how they can also look out for the welfare of the visitors while in the country. Those watching the World Cup live will be accommodated in real estate properties and hotels that will cater to every possible need, he said.
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