Hoping for extra eyeballs from India throughout World Cup: Qatar 2022 CEO


By: PTI |

October 28, 2020 eight:09:07 pm


Qatar will change into the primary nation within the Center East to host the FIFA World Cup which is able to kick off from November 21, 2022. (Reuters)

The organisers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar predict extra Indian eyeballs than throughout the 2018 version because the matches will likely be performed at handy timings for the viewers within the nation, the CEO Nasser Al Khater stated on Wednesday.

Qatar will change into the primary nation within the Center East to host the mega sporting occasion, which is able to kick off from November 21, 2022.

“It (FIFA World Cup) will not be as gigantic (in India) as Cricket World Cup however the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia drew broadcast audiences of almost 300 million in India and that is solely going to go additional up in 2022,” Khater advised PTI in an interview.

“In India, nearly all of matches will kick-off at handy occasions. In the course of the group stage, the primary sport will begin at 15:30 IST and the final sport at 00:30 IST. The second and third matches at 18:30 and 21:30 IST respectively, which is able to each be consumed by prime time night broadcast viewers in India.”

Khater stated Qatar is dedicated to delivering an reasonably priced and thrilling expertise to anybody who visits the nation throughout the World Cup.

“We’re dedicated to delivering an thrilling, memorable, and reasonably priced FIFA World Cup for everybody visiting in 2022, significantly in gentle of the impression of COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless of the exhausting occasions we dwell in, we’ll be sure that 2022 stays reasonably priced for everybody,” he stated.

In line with Khater, Qatar will welcome Indian golf equipment in the event that they wish to use the services.

“Indian golf equipment are at all times welcome to Qatar, whether or not for coaching or competitors, and I’m sure that anybody who makes the journey will get pleasure from world-class services and our famend hospitality,” he signed off.

Qatar had used cooling methods at FIFA World Cup stadiums throughout the AFC Champions League matches in September and the highest official stated that they have been able to share the know-how with international locations having an analogous local weather.

“This was pushed by a number of legacy concerns… to make use of these venues year-round within the lead as much as and after 2022. This was a profit witnessed firsthand throughout the AFC Champions League, and an indication of how this legacy is taking form earlier than 2022,” he stated.

“We’re undoubtedly open to sharing our data and experience on the subject of the cooling know-how with any nation with an analogous local weather to Qatar who could profit from it.”

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