As Gianni Infantino Discusses FIFA 2026 at Davos, Qatar Releases 2022 Sustainability Plan
Recently held dinner by the US President, Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland witnessed the gracious presence of the FIFA President, Gianni Infantino. On being invited to make an introduction speech in an audience of top business leaders, Infantino said that he hopes that the “American dream” becomes a reality across the world.
Opening his speech in a unique way, the Gianni Infantino presented Trump with an official FIFA match ball stating, “This is just to remind everyone what the real priority is of life. It gives joy and it gives hope to millions and millions of people all over the world. That is all we have to do.”
Referring to the continued economic growth of football in the United States, Gianni Infantino said that America is on the verge of becoming a great soccer power. He further appreciated the competitive spirit of the US President, affirming it be in line with fulfilling the American dream.
As the host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup finals, the USA will play a key role in FIFA competitions alongside Canada and Mexico. In the 80-match competition, almost 48 teams from six continents will participate. The competition will be staged in 16 cities across three countries thereby creating business opportunities in the host countries worldwide. Trump feeling honoured with the words of the Gianni Infantino said, “It’s an honour to be involved with bringing the World Cup to the United States.”
On the other hand, ahead of hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar is anticipating unique ways to partake the challenges which are a part of the process. Despite being the first country in the Arab world to organise the event, Qatar seems optimistic about the unparalleled opportunities that the organisation of the event brings in.
In order to develop the sustainability strategy of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, FIFA and Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) set up an ambitious goal five years ago. For successful execution, the policy planned by FIFA, Qatar and the local organisers will be applicable to all functional arenas related to the tournament.
Five sustainability commitments have been listed to achieve the shared goal for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. These are: develop human capital and safeguard workers’ rights, providing inclusive tournament experience, delivering creative environmental solutions, catalysing economic development and setting an example of good governance.
As stated by the SC Secretary General and Q22 Chairman, HE Hassan Al Thawadi, “When Qatar bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022, it did so with a vision to use the tournament as a catalyst for sustainable, long-term change in Qatar and across the Arab world. From the start, we believed in the power of football and the FIFA World Cup to inspire innovation, to build bridges between cultures and peoples and to accelerate positive social transformation. Our measure of success for the tournament in Qatar will ultimately be the legacy it leaves behind. This strategy will help Qatar to realise that vision and ensure its success.”
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