Web Desk for India Today In the first two weeks of the FIFA World Cup 2022, little over 765,000 people arrived in Qatar, far less than the Arab nation had anticipated. As the first Arab nation to host the premier football tournament, Qatar had anticipated an influx of about 1.2 million spectators.
Even if the World Cup will have an exciting quarterfinals lineup, it is doubtful that the number will double in the following ten days. According to a Reuters report, Qatar is unlikely to reach its anticipated aim with only 8 teams still in play.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), which oversees the competition, produced the report that contained the statistics. At the conclusion of the Round of 16, half of the 765,000 had already departed the nation.
According to the article, the event’s action-packed group stages, which were reaching their conclusion, took place between November 24 and 28, which was the peak period the organisers anticipated for guest influx. The group stage was filled with activity as teams like Japan, South Korea, and Australia as well as African countries Senegal and Morocco pulled off a few upsets, eliminating reigning champions Japan and World No. 2 Belgium.
The World Cup, which will finish on December 18, had 3.09 million tickets sold across the eight venues and 1.33 million match ticket holders. 2.65 million people saw the first 52 games collectively at the stadium.
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According to the news outlet, an unidentified Qatari official corroborated the data in the SC article.
In particular, FIFA President Gianni Infantino claimed record-breaking viewership for the group stage, claiming the World Cup’s opening round of play had some of the finest action in tournament history.
On Wednesday, he praised the “fantastic atmosphere, tremendous goals, incredible excitement, surprises, and tiny clubs beating big teams.”
“Well, neither large teams nor tiny teams exist anymore. The playing field is quite level.
“Additionally, for the first time in history, national teams from every continent advanced to the knockout stage. This demonstrates how football is in fact going really worldwide.”
MOROCCO FANS FLOCK QATAR
Following the country’s lifting of entrance restrictions for citizens and residents of other Gulf nations, more tourists are anticipated to go to Qatar for popular matches and after.
Hundreds of Moroccan supporters arrived in Qatar on special planes on Tuesday in anticipation of their team’s triumph over Spain. Similar battles are anticipated to be scheduled so that last-minute spectators from abroad may fly in to witness their teams advance through the tournament’s final three rounds.
To advance to the quarterfinals, where they will play Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, Morocco upset reigning champions Spain.