Qatar World Cup head say blockade poses ‘no risk’ to event

first_imgFILE- In this May 14, 2010 file photo, a Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. military says it has halted some military exercises with Gulf countries over the ongoing diplomatic dispute targeting Qatar. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)LONDON — The regional blockade on Qatar poses “no risk” to the 2022 World Cup going ahead, the tournament head said on Friday, maintaining that logistical obstacles are being overcome and building work is continuing with only “minimal” cost increases.The energy-rich nation’s land border and its air and sea routes have been closed off for four months since Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launched an economic boycott. It has forced World Cup organizers to find alternative sources for materials to complete the venues being used by the region’sfirst major soccer tournament.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Winner at last as UE picks up first victory, sends UST to 0-7 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Only the Khalifa International Stadium, which will also host the world track championships in 2019, has been completed. Qatar is building another seven stadiums for use by 32 teams at the tournament in five years.“I’m very happy to say that our project scale is on time and there is no significant impact on our projects,” Al Thawadi said. “As of today we haven’t seen a significant impact on the cost. There might have been some minimal increase in terms of establishing alternative supply chains but these have been absorbed very, very quickly and been normalized as these supply chains have been put in place.”Qatar is investing more than $150 billion on infrastructure to handle the World Cup in the tiny desert nation. Under pressure from activists, Qatar has been compelled to raise living standards and worker rights for the large migrant workforce being relied on to construct venues. Al Thawadi said organizers are “always improving” worker welfare standards.Qatar has also staved off calls for the country to be stripped of the World Cup after facing investigations into the conduct of its bid.FIFA ethics investigators found that the Qataris used a full range of lavishly funded state and sports agencies to deliver the victory in the 2010 vote. But a World Cup bidding report, published for the first time in June, concluded there was no “evidence of any improper activity by the bid team.”ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We have come under criticism and attack over the years, but we have always faced our critics,” Qatar World Cup supreme committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi told The Associated Press. “Our projects are going ahead as scheduled. This (blockade) is no risk in relation to the hosting of the World Cup.”The diplomatic crisis that has torn apart the Gulf Cooperation Council stems from allegations Qatar supports for extremist groups in the region, charges denied by Doha.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWhen Qatar’s sole land border with Saudi Arabia was closed and sea traffic cut off, World Cup organizers were forced to instigate their “Plan B,” including brining in supplies from Turkey. The Qataris express confidence FIFA is not exploring a “Plan B” of its own for an alternate 2022 host.“Every project has contingency plans and we have had contingency plans in place from the very start,” Al Thawadi said in an interview during a visit to London to attend a summit staged by the Doha-based sports organization, Aspire Academy. “Once the blockade came into play we contacted the main contractors, we putin place alternative supply chains, we sourced alternative materials from alternate suppliers.”last_img read more

Manchester United F.C. appoint Michael Carrick as captain

first_imgFollowing former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney’s exit to his childhood club Everton, the former English Premier League (EPL) champions have named veteran England footballer Michael Carrick as their new captain.”Michael Carrick is the new captain of Manchester United,” the club announced in a statement on Tuesday.The 35-year-old, who has made 314 appearances for Manchester United, said he never thought of achieving so much with the club.”It feels great and it is such a huge honour to captain such a great club, It is my 12th year now and I came as a 25-year-old. I never thought I could be here for so long and achieve so much,” Carrick said.”Now, to lead the boys and look after the young boys, to guide them in some ways, it is a nice thing and a real pleasure. I came to this club as a footballer and I am now a huge fan. I have grown to love the club over the years and to be in this position is very special for me,” he added.Having won the English Premier League title five times with Manchester United since 2006, Michael admitted he would like to lead his team by example.”I am not like that. I will speak when I need to speak, but I am quite laid back and chilled out really. I will try to lead by example” he said.Carrick has also won the Community Shield six times and Champions League and Europa League once each with the club.advertisementWatch our new captain’s reaction! Celebrate the news with a night of @Carras16 programming on #MUTV: https://t.co/fXisAc1Uuy pic.twitter.com/aWK4yL9y2j- Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 11, 2017last_img read more