“For every challenge that we face, there are solutions that keep popping up,” Secretary General of the Qatar World Cup Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Hassan Al-Thawadi said in an interview in Doha. “We are working with our contractors to make sure we actually deliver long-term supply chain solutions and alternatives.” Neither he nor analysts ventured estimates for the cost overruns.
‘‘The World Cup is a do-or-die project for Qatar” and it will pay for it, said Adel Abdel Ghafar, visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. “It’s a matter of prestige and national pride and they are fully invested in it, so I don’t see work for the project being stopped.”
Landing the World Cup was a coup for this small desert peninsula off Saudi Arabia’s eastern coast that’s barely a blip on the international sports scene. The project’s reputation has been hurt by reports that migrant laborers have been abused, as well as suspicions — since discounted by world soccer’s governing body — that Qatar won the right to host the tournament through bribery.
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