Don’t worry about spies, you can train in peace in Qatar

  • Football
  • Sunday, 19 May 2019

DOHA: Teams need not worry about being ‘spied’ on when training at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) training sites project director Ahmed Al-Obaidly (pic), has assured that they taken every precaution and that football world governing body (FIFA) are satisfied with their security measures at 41 training sites.

Huge palm trees will protect teams from prying eyes and a prototype site at the Al Saad Sports Club is proof that the team’s privacy will be preserved.

“We have the same palm trees planted on top of beams at the Saad Sports Club. It was built two years ago, FIFA and some teams have visited it and they are happy with the outcome,” said Al-Obaidy.

Al-Obaidly also took the international media for a tour of the Qatar University training site, which is 20km away from Doha city centre. The university have six training sites that will be used during the World Cup.

Each training site will have two FIFA certified pitches and an ancillary building with two changing rooms, hot and cold jacuzzis, shower rooms, tactical rooms and video analysis room.

The sites will also have a section for fans and media during open training sessions.

Al-Obaidly said the pitches use natural grass created by the Qataris.

“We call it the Qatar Signature Pitch. The World Cup is three years away, so we have time to test and maintain the quality.

“SC have hosted some training sessions for local and regional teams and it gave us a glimpse of what can be done to improve the pitches.”

As with their stadiums, modular elements are being used to build the training sites. They can be easily dismantled and reused in other sporting or non-sporting events.

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