- Title: FIFA "in contact" with Qatar over 2022 World Cup
- Date: 5th June 2017
- Summary: DOHA, QATAR (FILE - JUNE 24, 2013) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VIEW OF DOHA FROM SEA DIWAN AMIRI - OFFICE OF H.H SHIEKH HAMAD BIN KHALIFA AL THANI BANNER ON BUILDING SHOWING AL THANI DOHA, QATAR (FILE - JUNE 5, 2014) (REUTERS) VIEW OF CITY CENTRE COMMERCIAL CENTRE DOHA, QATAR (FILE - JUNE 24, 2013) (REUTERS) PAN DOWN BUILDING PICTURE ON BUILDING SHOWING AL THANI HOLDING THE WORLD CUP PAN FROM SCARF TO PICTURE OF AL THANI DOHA, QATAR (FILE - DECEMBER 2, 2010) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF THOUSANDS OF FANS WATCHING BIG SCREEN AWAITING ANNOUNCEMENT OF HOST NATION FOR 2022 WORLD CUP QATAR SCARF QATAR ANNOUNCED AS WINNER / CROWD JUMPING IN CELEBRATION VARIOUS OF FANS CELEBRATING FANS IN CARS CELEBRATING DOHA, QATAR (FILE - SEPTEMBER 28, 2013) (REUTERS) TOWER UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN DOHA BUSINESS DISTRICT (PLEASE NOTE THIS CONSTRUCTION SITE IS UNRELATED TO THE 2022 WORLD CUP) WORKERS ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE TOWER (PLEASE NOTE THE NATIONALITIES OF THE WORKERS ARE UNKNOWN) WIDE OF THE TOWER AND SCAFFOLDING VARIOUS OF WORKERS ON THE SITE WORKER MOVING GROUP OF BLOCK WITH A FORK LIFT TRUCK CLOSE OF THE WORKER
- Embargoed: 19th June 2017 18:59
- Keywords: soccer football World Cup Qatar
- Location: DOHA, QATAR / RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
- City: DOHA, QATAR / RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
- Country: Qatar
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016K056IN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Soccer's governing body FIFA said on Monday it was in "regular contact" with the organizing committee of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, though it did not comment directly on the diplomatic situation involving the Gulf State.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and others severed ties with Qatar on Monday (June 5), accusing it of supporting terrorism and opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.
FIFA said in an emailed statement that it was "in regular contact with the Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy handling matters relating to the 2022 FIFA World Cup."
"We have no further comments for the time being," it added.
Qatar's local World Cup organizing committee and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC,) which organizes international matches in the region, both declined to comment.
The influential German Football Association (DFB), whose team are the world champions, said it would discuss the matter with the German government.
Qatar's national team are still involved in the qualifying competition for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and are bottom of their group with four points from seven games, with matches against South Korea, Syria, and China still to play.
There is a very remote chance they could still finish third in the group and qualify for a playoff match against the team that finishes third in the other Asian qualifying group, with both Saudi Arabia and the UAE among potential opponents.
In the lead-up to the tournament, the country is scheduled to host multiple events across many different sports, aimed at improving infrastructure and expertise.
This year it is organizing 72 events, 39 of which will be international competitions.
It has already hosted the 10th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup and an IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting, and a FINA Swimming World Cup is scheduled for September.
Swimming governing body FINA did not respond to requests for a comment on Monday as to whether it would still go ahead.
Top-level modern pentathlon, sailing, squash and show jumping are also scheduled for later in the year when temperatures cool.
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