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VIDEO SHOWS: FIFA PRESIDENT GIANNI INFANTINO VISITING 2022 QATAR WORLD CUP VENUE AL BAYT STADIUM
SHOWS: AL KHOR, QATAR (OCTOBER 7, 2020) (SC MEDIA - ACCESS ALL)
1. FIFA PRESIDENT, GIANNI INFANTINO ENTERING AL BAYT STADIUM
2. INFANTINO INSPECTING LUXURY SUITE
3. INFANTINO LOOKING OUT ONTO FIELD
4. INFANTINO SPEAKING WITH ORGANISERS FROM LUXURY SUITE
5. INFANTINO HAVING PHOTO OPPORTUNITY WITH ORGANISERS
6. INFANTINO LOOKING OUT FROM LUXURY SUITE
7. SIGN CRAWL, READING: "WELCOME TO AL BAYT STADIUM"
8. INFANTINO WALKING ON FIELD
9. VARIOUS OF INFANTINO PLAYING SEVEN-A-SIDE MATCH ON FIELD.
10. AERIAL SHOT OF AL BAYT STADIUM WHICH WAS DESIGNED TO LOOK LIKE A TRADITIONAL ARAB TENT
11. MORE AERIALS OF STADIUM
STORY: Qatar's preparations for hosting the 2022 World Cup have progressed despite the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday (October 7) , adding that he was speechless after visiting the Al Bayt stadium.
The 50-year-old visited the 60,000-capacity stadium, designed to resemble a Bedouin - a traditional Arab tent - on a flying visit to Qatar and played in a seven-a-side match before meeting local organisers.
"Al Bayt Stadium is incredible: a true football stadium," Infantino said in a FIFA statement. "It has a real football feel and a local touch. The tented shape makes it truly unique, and the Arabic patterns in the roof are just beautiful. I am speechless."
The stadium, which FIFA said is in the final stages of construction will host the opening match plus group stage games, one quarter-final and one semi-final.
Eight stadiums will be used in all, of which three are so far fully operational.
"Qatar has been able to continue to advance during the last six months while the world stood still - from infrastructure preparations to important developments such as the recent labour reforms announced by the government," Infantino said.
"I am very pleased with Qatar's progress ahead of the tournament."
Qatar announced changes to its labour laws in August, raising the minimum wage by 25% to 1,000 riyals ($275) a month and scrapping a requirement for workers to get permission from their employers to change jobs.
They were the latest in a series of labour reforms by the country which in the lead-up to the tournament has faced accusations that migrant workers are exploited.
(Production: Peter Bullock)