The plan of Football World Cup will continue as normal , Qatar says

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.

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