Fiji Time: 7:32 PM on Wednesday 26 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Qatar begins work on first stadium

Thursday, May 22, 2014

DOHA - Qatar yesterday began work on the first stadium for the 2022 World Cup as the debate rages over whether the tournament should take place amid soaring summer temperatures.

Evacuation work to lay the foundations got in progress with the construction of the Al-Wakrah stadium, 15km south of Doha, to begin in September, organisers said.

The 40,000-seater stadium is expected to be completed four years before the tournament begins in 2018.

The energy-rich emirate has planned to build 12 stadiums for the World Cup, although FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke believes "eight is the right number". World football's governing body imposes a minimum of eight stadiums for host countries with at least one 80,000-seater to host the final.

FIFA took the decision to award Qatar the World Cup in December 2010.

Since then Qatar has been dogged by controversies over the validity of the vote, the treatment of foreign workers employed on infrastructure projects, as well as when in 2022 the tournament should be played. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said last week it was a mistake to choose Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65600.6370
JPY 51.887148.8871
GBP 0.40140.3934
EUR 0.45090.4389
NZD 0.69290.6599
AUD 0.64640.6214
USD 0.49330.4763



Exchange Rate updated on 26th October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. True to an early love
  2. Qiliho attends trial
  3. Prepare for the worst, says Kumar
  4. NFP calls for public holiday
  5. Ro Teimumu frets over leadership
  6. Fiji 7s coach
  7. 918 move out
  8. Villagers cry foul
  9. Winning 7s manual
  10. Cane payout topped up

Top Stories this Week

  1. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain' Friday (21 Oct)
  2. A daughter's sacrifice Thursday (20 Oct)
  3. 'I never knew Soko' Thursday (20 Oct)
  4. Death probe Sunday (23 Oct)
  5. True to an early love Wednesday (26 Oct)
  6. Fiji pearls make history Monday (24 Oct)
  7. Love conquers all Sunday (23 Oct)
  8. Benedito takes over Thursday (20 Oct)
  9. Fijian 7s surprise Tuesday (25 Oct)
  10. Qiliho attends trial Wednesday (26 Oct)