Qatar’s 2022 World Cup training sites on track



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The training sites for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ are on track for completion by the end of 2019, the Supreme Committee (SC) for Delivery and Legacy announced.

The Committee which is responsible for delivering the infrastructure requirement for the tournament is monitoring the development of training sites at various locations across the country, including Onaiza, Qatar University and near Doha Golf Club.

The training sites, which will be used by the teams which qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, will each feature two floodlit, natural grass football pitches. In addition, each site will include a pre-fabricated modular building which houses ancillary team facilities, such as conference and changing rooms.

Team parking areas will also be delivered, along with spectator areas for public training sessions. Post-tournament, the training sites will be turned into public sports facilities.

The Training Sites Manager at the SC, Eng Ahmed Al-Obaidly, has expressed satisfaction with the progress of the venue construction made till date.

“We are making strong progress in our project to deliver state-of-the-art training facilities for all the teams that participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup™,” he said. “A number of the training facilities will be ready this year, while we are aiming to complete all construction by the end of 2019.”

Due to Qatar’s compact tournament plans, Al-Obaidly said teams would train at the same venue throughout the event. He further said that the longest distance between stadiums is just 55kms, so the teams will benefit from short travel times in 2022. It will take just two flights one for arrival and one for departure, unlike during previous tournaments when journeys took longer hours.

The ultimate goal is to build facilities that not just benefits the teams and players, but offers opportunities for communities after the tournament, he pointed out.

Two Qatari Companies, Nakheel Landscapes and Gulf Contracting were provided the contract in 2017 to deliver the sites and to ensure that they are FIFA compliant. While Nakheel was responsible for building the pitches, landscaping and associated external works, Gulf Contracting had to deliver the pre-fabricated buildings.

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