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Qatar World Cup will be the the best, the most accessible ever : Infantino

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Nov-06 23:27 first published at 23:27 PM


FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be the most accessible World Cup ever, said FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Sunday.
“I’d like to emphasize two points right away. The first is that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be the best ever. Furthermore, it will be the most accessible World Cup in the tournament’s history,” Gianni Infantino stated.
Infantino was speaking at Multqa’s Education City of Qatar Foundation during the 5th edition of the Accessibility Forum (A Tournament for All) organized by The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and its stakeholders. The forum was attended by members of the disabled community as well as senior leadership from SC, including HE Hassan al-Thawadi, Secretary General of SC and FIFA.
“From the beginning of our journey to host this historic tournament, we have been committed to accessibility.” Not only did we work hard to ensure that stadiums and tournament sites met the highest accessibility standards, but we also actively engaged the disabled community to ensure that the World Cup leaves a lasting legacy for the disabled community beyond Qatar 2022,” al-Thawadi said.
“As a result of our efforts, we are now seeing a significant improvement in the environment for disabled people to access transportation, cultural sites, and public spaces throughout the country.” I am extremely proud of this legacy and look forward to seeing the community build on its achievements in the future. “There will be a number of accessibility features for fans attending the tournament to ensure everyone feels a part of the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world,” al-Thawadi said.
Qatar 2022 will include a number of firsts for disabled fans, such as audio descriptive commentary in Arabic at all matches. Three stadiums will have sensory rooms for fans who require sensory access, and all match venues have been built to exacting accessibility standards, including accessible parking, seating, bathrooms, and concession stands.
FIFA’s goal, according to Infantino, is to provide inclusive and accessible infrastructure for all fans.
“Over the last two years, we have worked with the SC to ensure that all training sites and stadiums are accessible to disabled people.” All aspects of accessibility were considered during the planning process. “We are attempting to meet all accessibility requirements in the stadiums, transportation, accommodations, and fan zones,” Infantino explained.
In accordance with the FIFA Sustainability Strategy, the SC collaborated with FIFA and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 to prioritize accessibility throughout tournament preparations. The SC established the Accessibility Forum in 2016, with members actively participating in providing feedback on the SC’s infrastructure projects, striving to meet FIFA Accessibility and inclusive design standards, and driving the accessibility agenda in Qatar.
In addition to being available to fans in the stands, audio descriptive commentary in Arabic and English will be available to fans worldwide via a dedicated mobile application. During the tournament, sensory rooms will be available at Al Bayt, Lusail, and Education City, allowing fans to watch matches in a quieter environment that is equipped with assistive technology and managed by expert staff. This will be the largest sensory room deployment at a mega sporting event in history.
Accessibility Forum member and chairperson of the Qatar Social Cultural Club for the Blind Faisal al-Kohaji said the tournament’s accessible legacy was felt long before the first match at Al Bayt Stadium.
“What we’ve seen in terms of accessibility since Qatar was awarded the World Cup hosting rights has been life-changing for the disabled community.” “We now have a modern transportation network that meets all needs, as well as improved accessibility in museums, shopping centers, and public spaces,” al-Kohaji said.
“QF has prioritized accessibility and inclusion in our schools and programs since its inception, and our contribution to the country’s commitment for Qatar 2022 to be the most accessible World Cup ever reflects this,” said Alexandra Chalat, QF’s director of World Cup Legacy.

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