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The State of Qatar remains as committed as ever to ensuring the 32-team FIFA World Cup in 2022 is one of the best tournaments ever and one that makes the entire Arab world proud. This came after the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) said on Wednesday that FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will remain as originally planned with 32 teams and no proposal will be submitted at the next FIFA Congress on 5 June, says a statement released by Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.
Following the conclusion of the joint feasibility study, Qatar and FIFA have reached the decision that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will remain as a 32-team tournament.
The statement added Qatar had always been open to the idea of an expanded tournament in 2022 had a viable operating model been found and had all parties concluded that an expanded 48-team edition was in the best interest of football and Qatar as the host nation. A joint analysis, in this respect, concluded that due to the advanced stage of preparations and the need for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact on Qatar, more time would be required and a decision could not be taken before the deadline of June. It was therefore decided not to further pursue this option.
Qatar filled the gap in gas supplies for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by shipping additional liquefied natural gas after a major pipeline "Dolphin" experienced an outage for several days last month.
The shutdown caused significant curtailment of gas supplies to the UAE, and Qatar Petroleum lend a helping hand to "Dolphin" by shipping repair materials. Moreover, it also backed up supplies by shipping LNG to the UAE. Qatar has been under a political and economic boycott by its neighbors, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, who accuse Doha of supporting extremism. Doha denies the claim.
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