(WFI) INSIDER has learned that Hassan al-Thawadi, CEO of Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup, has been made secretary-general of the tournament’s supreme council, the body that will ultimately oversee its local organising committee.
Al-Thawadi, who served as CEO on the successful bid, was today appointed secretary general of the Board of Directors of the Supreme Commitee of Qatar 2022 by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad. The body will oversee the local organising committee which is set to be appointed in the next few weeks.
The charismatic 31-year-old was one of the key figures behind Qatar’s shock win last December.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin al-Thani, who served as bid chairman will sit on the supreme council board. Well-placed Qatari sources tell INSIDER that he is expected to lead the Local Organising Committee when it is formed. His elder brother and heir apparent, Sheikh Tamim, assumes chairmanship of the supreme council.
The board also includes the Emir’s Personal Representative Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani as Deputy Chairman and Qatar’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani as a member.
The supreme council are yet to make a statement on the appointments, but when INSIDER met al-Thawadi in January he said that there was no room for complacency despite the long build up ahead of the finals.
“We don’t want to be complacent and think we have time on our hands,” al-Thawadi told INSIDER in an exclusive interview in Doha.
“Eleven years ahead is a positive because it allows us to deliver on the promises we made, it allows us to make the most out of hosting the World Cup in 2022.
“But at the same time we can’t be complacent thinking we have enough time and allowing things to slip away.”
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