FIFA president Gianni Infantino is confident that the 2022 World Cup which will be hosted by Qatar will leave a lasting legacy. The 46-year-old was in Doha was an Executive Football Summit wherein presentations from the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) on plans for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar were made.
The 2022 World Cup will be the last edition of the competition to run in its current format as FIFA shall expand the number of participants from 32 to 48.
“No matter what happens, 2022 will leave a lasting legacy because it is the first World Cup to be organised in the Middle East. It is the first time an Arab country will have hosted the tournament and this is important as we live in a time when we need to highlight respect and inclusion. It will also take place during a different time of the year which is something else that will make the event very unique,” he told www.sc.qa.
“What the future of the World Cup will look like we will have to wait and see. We still don’t know if there will be one host or two hosts, so time will tell. However, we are very much looking forward to this World Cup because it will be something really special,” he further added.
Infantino also mentioned that 2022 World Cup will certainly be special for fans as every stadium is very much located in less than an hour’s distance.
“We know everything will be located very closely together and to have the furthest stadiums situated no more than 60 kilometres apart is quite something. Normally a World Cup city would only have matches every three or four days. In 2022 there will be games in a World Cup country the size of a city every day and people will enjoy this concept,” he signed off.