China’s State-Owned Construction Firm to Construct Qatar World Cup 2022 Stadium
China's state-owned construction firm has been awarded contract to construct the main stadium for the FIFA World Cup 2022 to be held in the Arab city of Qatar, according to a statement issued by tournament's organizer on the official website.
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The China Railway Construction Corporation Limited will construct the stadium in a joint venture with Qatar's HBK Contracting Co. W.L.L. Furthermore, Britain's award-winning architect Norman Foster will design the stadium, Qatar's 2022 Supreme Committee said in a statement.
The flagship stadium of FIFA World Cup 2022 will be built at Lusail City, located nearly 20 kilometers north of Doha city.
"Lusail Stadium will be the centre-piece of our tournament in 2022, and post tournament will become an integral part of the community in Lusail City in the legacy phase," Hassan Al Thawadi, the committee's secretary general, said in a statement.
The stadium is scheduled to be completed by 2020 and will host the inaugural match as well as the World Cup 2022's final match.
China Railway Construction so far has not issued any statement on the development.
FIFA's decision to award Qatar to host the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup was met with widespread public criticism. Accusations of bribery have been levelled on the world governing body for favoring Qatar over other cities.
FIFA conducted an internal inquiry into the accusations that was eventually completed and cleared off Qatar for any wrongdoing.
This would be for the first time that a Middle East Muslim country would be hosting football's most prestigious tournament.