Hassan Al Thawadi: Qatar to support Morocco’s bid for World Cup 2026

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Morocco will have the backing of fellow Arab nation in Qatar in their quest to the host the World Cup…

Morocco made a last-minute bid to host the 2026 World Cup but they have already found support from Qatar, where the 2022 edition would be held.

The African nation will be up against a joint bid from USA, Canada and Mexico as they look to win the hosting rights for the very first time after having attempted on four earlier occasions – 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

Interestingly, back in 1994, they lost the hosting rights to USA, who would get a chance to host for the second time.

Morocco has hosted the FIFA Club World Cup on two occasions and FIFA president Gianni Infantino has claimed that the African country is “capable, in terms of infrastructure and organization, of hosting a World Cup.” 

FIFA have already mentioned that the final decision on the hosting rights for 2026 World Cup would be taken in the FIFA Congress Meeting in Moscow on June 13 next year.

“We support the Morocco’s bid and will extend any support if needed. They do have a strong competitor in USA, Canada and Mexico. However, we believe that Morocco has the capacity to host the major event as they have made a bid earlier too,” said Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC).

It must be noted that Qatar had won the hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup after beating the USA’s rival bid back in 2010.

“The manner in which the decision is taken has now changed. Now it is the general assembly (FIFA Congress) which decides. The success of the Moroccan bid will further extend the transformative power within the Arab region. It will have a stabilizing effect on the region. Together with 2022, this will be the biggest moment in Arab world’s history.”

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