FIFA is getting ready to begin promoting tickets for the 2022 World Cup in January whereas nonetheless looking for out extra on Qatar’s plan to make coronavirus vaccines obligatory for spectators.
World soccer’s governing physique turned conscious of the vaccination requirement solely on the weekend when it was introduced to state media by Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani.
FIFA wouldn’t say if it agrees with the plan or talk about the logistics behind checking the vaccination standing of hundreds of visiting followers.
“Additional particulars will likely be supplied on the acceptable time upfront of the beginning of the ticket gross sales for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which is at present scheduled for January 2022,” FIFA stated in an announcement to The Related Press, offering the primary timeline for gross sales.
Ten of the 12 European groups to have certified will likely be recognized by January. Quite than beginning in June as traditional, this World Cup will start on Nov. 21 subsequent yr to keep away from the fierce summer season warmth of the Gulf nation.
FIFA wouldn’t say if vaccines could be required for gamers and different dignitaries in Qatar the place it’s planning for stadiums to be full. Sheikh Khalid stated Qatar was making an attempt to safe a million doses to supply to unvaccinated followers planning to journey to Qatar.
“FIFA takes be aware of the plan introduced by Qatar’s prime minister and is grateful for the host nation’s continued efforts to supply the absolute best situations for followers attending the FIFA World Cup in 2022, particularly in gentle of the COVID-19 pandemic,” FIFA stated in an announcement. “In all such issues, we are going to preserve working intently with our counterparts, whereas additionally monitoring how the scenario evolves globally.”
In contrast to earlier World Cups, there will likely be no want for followers to fly across the nation to matches. Qatar has constructed eight stadiums for the event, all inside shut proximity of the capital Doha.
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