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Australian Minister Colbeck: ‘Great opportunity to work with you towards 2022’

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A delegation from Australia led by the Australian Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck, visited the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) in Doha this week for a knowledge sharing workshop aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two countries ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.

“It is fantastic to be here, and a great opportunity to work with you towards Qatar 2022,” Senator Colbeck said. “You are working towards putting on a major event and we are looking to transfer some of our knowledge from major events such as the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia, and build on the strong relations between our two countries.”

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The delegation from Australia included the Ambassador to the UAE and Qatar, H.E. Mr. Arthur Spyrou and the 2015 AFC Transfer of Knowledge Team. Also in attendance in the discussions were members of the SC who had engaged on an observation trip to Australia during the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Topics discussed included updates on stadium construction and the SC workers’ welfare standards, the legacy planning for Qatar 2022 and the impact which the Asian Cup has had in Australia, as well as ways to engage with different communities and raise awareness for football through outreach campaigns.

Khalid Al Kubaisi, Chief of the Advisory Unit & Special Projects at the SC, said following the meeting: “This was an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience between our two countries, which regularly host major sporting events of the highest calibre. Both Qatar’s hosting of the 2011 Asian Cup, and Australia’s organisation of the same competition in 2015 display the amount of potential for collaboration and knowledge sharing ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.”

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