DOHA: Qatar´s World Cup preparations continue “as normal” and organisers remain confident that stadium construction deadlines will be met, a source close to the 2022 tournament has told AFP.
Despite the country being at the centre of a diplomatic crisis which has seen Qatar cut off politically — and economically — from neighbouring Gulf countries, organisers were unworried, said the source.
“I think, for us, it´s business as usual, we have to continue as normal,” said the source.
“In any construction project there are plans B and C. There doesn´t seem to be any issue of getting materials in.
“I don´t think it is something we are worrying about too much.”
Since the crisis erupted a week ago, questions have been asked about Qatar´s readiness and suitability to host the 2022 tournament.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and others accuse Qatar of supporting extremist groups, a claim vehemently denied by Doha.
As a result, these countries and allies have severed transport links to Qatar, closing its only land border, airspace and denying it to transport cargo via the UAE.
The isolation of Qatar — labelled a “blockade” by Doha political leaders — also has potentially severe economic implications.