Launching the third 2022 World Cup stadium, Qatar’s chief organizer said on Monday he was consulting with the English Premier League and Bundesliga to learn about how they are dealing with the coronavirus.
Hassan Al-Thawadi’s comments underscore how sports are taking into account the potential for ongoing health precautions at events, if there is no vaccine for COVID-19.
“This is an opportunity for all of us to learn from each other,” said Al-Thawadi, the general secretary of the Qatar organizing committee. “We are maybe in a better position than most in the sense that we have two years ahead where we can learn from other people’s experiences.”
The Bundesliga resumed last month and the Premier League’s 100-day shutdown ends on Wednesday, with fans prohibited from stadiums in Germany and England.
The Qatar World Cup does not start until November 2022.