Qatar says boycott won’t affect 2022 World Cup preparation

“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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