Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday he has full confidence in Qatar’s ability to organize the World Cup 2022, as the current tournament would come to an end when the final match between France and Croatia would be held in Moscow today.
Putin made remarks during a meeting with visiting Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani at the Kremlin.
“I have known you Your Highness for a long time now and I know you and your colleagues and citizens of Qatar will do whatever it takes to organize the 2022 World Cup at the highest level,” the Presidential press office quoted Putin as saying.
“I am happy to meet you today to discuss bilateral relations and exchange views over developments in the region,” he said.
Putin gave the Qatari Amir a World Cup ball, the Telstar Mechta, and the logo of the 2018 World Cup.
The World Cup is about to end and Russia is handing over mantle of the World Cup host to Qatar, he said, “and we are proud of what we have offered for football fans around the world.
“We ourselves have enjoyed the interaction with the fans who come to Russia from all around the world as well as celebrations that accompany them,” said Putin.
The Russian president said Moscow was ready to share World Cup organization expertise with Qatar.
Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim said the 2022 World Cup would be a special occasion for all Arab people.
He hoped the Qatari football team’s performance would exceed the Russian team results in this year’s tournament.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said he was happy to witness the hand over ceremony. Football, he added, carried a lot of emotions and unity.
“We will take all these emotions we saw in Russia to Qatar,” he said.
France and Croatia will be playing the World Cup final match at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow later.
Russian media said 25 presidents and senior officials arrived in Moscow to attend the final, including leaders of France, Croatia, Armenia, Moldova, Sudan, Ghabon and Palestine.
Source: Kuwait News Agency