FIFA is preparing to start selling tickets for the 2022 World Cup in January, while still trying to find out more about Qatar’s plan to make coronavirus vaccines mandatory for spectators.
The governing body of world football learned about the requirement for vaccination only over the weekend, when it was announced to the state media by Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani.
FIFA will not say whether it agrees with the plan or will discuss the logistics behind checking the vaccination status of thousands of visiting fans.
“Further details will be provided at the appropriate time before the start of ticket sales for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which is currently scheduled for January 2022,” FIFA told the Associated Press. sales line.
Ten of the 12 European teams that have qualified will be known by January. Instead of starting in June, as usual, this World Cup will start on November 21 next year to avoid the nation’s fierce summer heat in the Persian Gulf.
FIFA does not say whether vaccines will be needed for players and other high-ranking officials in Qatar, where it plans to fill the stadiums. Sheikh Khalid said Qatar was trying to provide one million doses to offer to unvaccinated fans planning to travel to Qatar.
“FIFA takes note of the plan announced by the Prime Minister of Qatar and is grateful for the continued efforts of the host country to provide the best possible conditions for fans attending the 2022 FIFA World Cup, especially in light of the COVID pandemic. 19 “, said FIFA. in a statement. “On all such issues, we will continue to work closely with our colleagues, while monitoring the situation around the world.”
Unlike previous World Cups, there will be no need for fans to fly around the country in matches. Qatar has built eight stadiums for the tournament, all close to the capital Doha.