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Posted on December 07, 2013

Qatar will go ahead with plans to install air conditioning systems in all 12 football stadiums to be built for the 2022 World Cup, Nasser al Khater, communications and marketing director of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, has said. The plans would be persisted with, despite the possibility that FIFA may move the tournament to winter, he told Arabic daily Asharq Al-Awsat. Also included in the plans are the 45 stadiums designated for training.

Khater said,"Cooled stadiums will not only benefit international teams, but will also be used in the Qatari league, where some of the games are played in hot conditions." All required infrastructure, including hotels, metro links and a new airport, would be ready by 2022, he said, and added,"The 2021 Confederations Cup, one year before the World Cup, will be an opportunity to test readiness for the tournament. We are confident of success, because we are moving in a determined and organised manner to complete all the projects."

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Khater said that Qatar had promised FIFA that it would build 90,000 hotel rooms, as well as the 12 stadiums of international standards. While admitting that the current stadiums, including Khalifa International Stadium and Al Rayyan Stadium, did not meet FIFA's standards, he said both would be upgraded to meet international standards. On the issue of media reports in the British press about conditions of workers employed on World Cup construction projects, Khater said the reports had only made the authorities more determined to organise a successful tournament. He recalled that South Africa and China had both faced criticism in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but both succeeded, and the same would happen in Qatar. 

He refused to reveal the budget allocated for the World Cup, saying there were still a few tenders that had not been awarded, making it difficult to forecast the total cost at this stage.

source: Qatar Tribune