— Published 9 February 2021

A World Cup with no restriction on the number of spectators

The health crisis does not matter: the organisers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar are full of confidence. With less than two years to go, while doubts remain about the holding of the next major international events, they are preparing for a global tournament with no restriction on the number of spectators. “Qatar has started organising AFC Champions League matches without supporters“, Yasser al-Jamal, president of the Operations Office of the 2022 World Cup organising committee, told AFP. “Then in last December, the capacity was increased to 30%, a percentage that was kept for the Club World Cup. We hope to arrive then at the 2022 World Cup with a capacity of 100%”. According to Qatari, a very precise plan of health measures has been put in place for the Club World Cup, currently played in the Gulf country, both at the stadium and on public transport. The matches are played in two venues which will host World Cup matches next year. But despite these sanitary measures, Qatar is currently registering an increase in infection cases of around 20%, compared to last week. At the same time, hospital admissions due to COVID-19 have increased 85% over the past month, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.