Qatar releases new stadium plans,

Qatar has released plans for a new 2022 World Cup stadium, despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding the tournament.   It’s Qatar Foundation Stadium set amidst its Education City campus west of Doha city.  It’s the biggest component of Qatar Foundation’s programme labelled ‘Health and Wellness’ project.

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It has a 40,000-capacity Stadium and is due to be completed in 2018.

The planned capacity of 40,000 will be reduced to 25,000 after the World Cup and for the benefit of another developing country.

All  electricity and hot water supplies will be provided through the use of photovoltaic and solar thermal panels that will produce all necessary energy.  This will also help to power the stadium, swimming pool and the various indoor arenas and pavilions.

This stadium as the fourth stadium design was revealed in the build-up to the World Cup.  Five different other stadiums are currently under construction, with a design of yet an another will be released this year.

Amnesty International has accused Qatar of failing to tackle the abuse of migrant workers, with more than 180 workers dying in the country last year.

Meanwhile, Qatar’s tournament bid was cleared of wrongdoing, though FIFA is currently assessing Michael Garcia’s 430-page corruption inquiry report.

Having conducted a two-year investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, Garcia, then questioned a summing up of the findings, saying it “contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations”.

The independent head of FIFA’s audit and compliance chamber, Domenico Scala, is currently examining the report and will then decide how much FIFA’s ruling executive committee members should see of it.  After that, they can decide what, if any, further steps should be taken.

That, in theory, leaves open the possibility of a re-vote over the decision to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia and 2022 tournament in Qatar.

Qatar Foundation Stadium