Sport is a crucial tool to accomplishing Qatar’s mission to do things that bring people together and unite them, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.
“Our country is ready to host major sporting events. The World Cup is just one example of this,” he stated this in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs responded to a query about recent boycott proposals by saying, “The reasons given for boycotting the World Cup do not add up. There is a lot of hypocrisy in these attacks, which ignore all that we have achieved.
They are being peddled by a very small number of people, in ten countries at most, who are not at all representative of the rest of the world.” He added, “It is frankly unfortunate. The reality is that the world is looking forward to this celebration. Over 97% of the tickets have been sold. Among the ten countries that bought the most tickets, we find European countries like France.”