Gianni Infantino, FIFA’s new president, has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup will be hosted by Qatar. Speaking on his first full working day, Infantino said that both of the next two World Cups, which will take place in Russia and the Gulf state, will have to be “the best in history”.
“Concerning Qatar and Russia, the decisions were taken in 2010 by the executive committee,” he said. “It’s now necessary to organise the best World Cup in history in Russia in 2018 and in 2022 in Qatar.”
Last March, FIFA agreed to move the timing of the Qatar World Cup to the winter months to avoid the summer heat in the Gulf state. An investigation into the decision to grant hosting rights to the 2018 and 2022 tournaments by the Swiss attorney general’s office is currently under way.
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini have been banned from all football-related activities for six years over a corruption scandal.
The body responsible for organising the 2022 tournament, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, welcomed Infantino’s appointment. “We wish President Infantino well in his new role and look forward to working closely with him as we continue our preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar,” the committee said in a statement.
“We would also like to commend the other four presidential candidates who contributed a great deal to an election campaign run during a crucial time for football. We wish all of them the greatest success and luck in their future careers.”