Iran to build football camps in Kish to prepare for co-hosting 2022 World Cup

TEHRAN, Nov. 14 (MNA) – The project of building football camps in Kish Island will start soon as a step to prepare the region for a probable co-hosting of 2022 Qatar World Cup, said sports director of Kish Free Zone Organization Bahram Afsharzadeh.

The project of building football camps will soon begin, he told Mehr News Agency, adding that such camps should be standard and equipped enough to gain verification of FIFA.

“We have reached agreements with sponsors regarding the required constructions in Kish Island. Contracts will be signed next week to officially start our measures for cooperation with Qatar.”

Five or six fully equipped football training camps will be built on the island and their location have been determined, he added.

Asked about the possibility of holding World Cup matches in the island, Afsharzadeh said that this will certainly not happen, adding, “we can cooperate with Qatar in areas except the official World Cup matches.”

Qatar is considering offers from other countries to host teams during the 2022 World Cup, but no decision has been taken yet, the head of the organizing committee Hassan Al Thawadi told AFP on Monday, Tehran Times reported.

It seems that if FIFA verifies the plan to increase the number of participating team in the World Cup from 32 to 48, the co-hosting of other countries in the event will be more probable.

The close distance between Kish Island and Qatar, recent political disagreements between Qatar and other Persian Gulf states, and identical weather conditions of the two regions are among main reasons which increase the chance of Kish’s partnership in 2022 World Cup.

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