Qatar to use 2022 World Cup to promote good causes

By Ibrahim SannieBBC Sport
Ahmed Hassan (17) of Egypt. Givanildo Vieira (R) of Brazil vies for the ball with Wael Goma of Egypt (L)
Brazil beat Egypt 2-0 in the friendly to raise fund to support efforts to help famine victims in Somalia

Qatar football authorities say they will use their hosting of the 2022 World Cup to promote good causes.

This comes after the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee donated $400,000 this week to help famine victims in Somalia.

The gesture was in commemoration of the first anniversary of Qatar being awarded the World Cup.

The proceeds from last month's friendly between Egypt and Brazil was donated to a Qatari aid organisation that helps to alleviate the suffering in Somalia.

"One year on from what was a historic day for our country, we are pleased to announce this initiative for those in need in Somalia with Qatar Charity as our partner," Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee Secretary General, Hassan Al Thawadi said.

"During the bidding process we always stressed the importance of football and the Fifa World Cup as catalysts for positive change.

"This initiative is one of many initiatives that we will undertake with the goal of harnessing the power of football to make a difference in people's lives - in our region and beyond."

The Somalia Football Federation (SFF) Said Mahmoud Nur says he is grateful to the Qataris for using the proceeds of the match to help alleviate the suffering in the East African country.

"My particular thanks and gratefulness are due to the Qatar FA president his highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani for hosting the friendly match in a bid to raise money for his brothers in Somalia," SFF boss Mahmoud Nur said.

Brazil defeated Egypt 2-0 in the match played on 14 November that saw Pharaohs midfielder Ahmed Hassan make a record 178th appearance for the north Africans.

Al Thawadi says the match, which was witnessed by 25,000 fans in Doha, shows that Qatar football fans will be ready to welcome the world for the global tournament in 2022.

"The game demonstrated yet again the appetite for top-class football in Qatar and the Middle East," Al Thawadi said.

As part of its broader legacy, the Arab state will donate the upper tier of some of its 12 stadiums to developing countries after the tournament.

As the country doesn't need many large, permanent venues, so they would be built with modular upper levels that can be taken down.

These structures would then be sent off overseas, for developing countries even though it has not been decided which countries would benefit.

"At this point we can't categorically state which countries will benefit from it," Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee spokesman, Nasser Al Khater told BBC Sport.

"Absolutely though we feel that any country that wants to develop their sporting infrastructure will be a candidate to receive a lot of the modular elements of the stadiums.

"We have a total of 170,000 seats which after the World Cup will be dismantled and will be donated to the countries that want to develop their sporting infrastructure.

"We will be working with Fifa and the confederations from different parts of the world for them to tell us where would be best suitable for us to donate these seats to."

The Qatar bid beat the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea to win the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

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