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Qatar worried global recession could hurt World Cup attendance

Qatar worried global recession could hurt World Cup attendance

Organizers of the World Cup in Qatar are concerned that many fans won't be able to afford to travel to the tournament in 2022 if the coronavirus pandemic causes a global recession.

"It’s all right now unclear — we are entering into a recession," World Cup organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi said Wednesday.

"There’s always the concern about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford traveling and afford coming and participating and celebrating the World Cup."

Qatar is promising the World Cup will be affordable for fans but the tiny gas-rich nation has been affected by economic activity shutting down in so many countries.

"We are still committed to ensuring that we create a balance between an affordable World Cup," Al Thawadi said, "… and a price range that is affordable for fans and a price range that is workable, functional for the industry, for service providers, for the supply chain that is responsible for delivering the World Cup.”

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