The Belgium ambassador to Qatar, H.E Christophe Payot, has said 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ — the first ever in the Middle East region — will “bridge cultures like never before.”
Payot, heading a Belgian trade delegation to the offices of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), told www.sc.qa that the tournament — only the second ever hosted by Asia – “will best illustrate the power of sport, especially football, to unite people and cultures”.
“Belgium is a small country with people open to ideas and cultures from all parts of the world, not just Europe, and therefore we see in the first Middle Eastern World Cup a great social and economic opportunity. We are an open economy driven by exports and are ideally suited to embrace the spirit of global togetherness,” said Payot, whose delegation was briefed about all aspects of the progress in the ongoing World Cup preparations, including stadium construction progress and workers’ welfare. “We want to share our expertise and partner with Qatar to make the World Cup a great success”, he added.
Payot, who took over as ambassador in September 2014, said he has been witnessing at close quarters “the great enthusiasm and pride of the people of Qatar” while preparing for the tournament. “I have also been impressed by the professionalism involved in the preparations. I am pleased that the presentation shed light on all aspects of it and enlightened all members of the delegation.”
The delegation, called AGORIA’s Sport Technology Club, comprised representatives from the Embassy of Belgium in Doha as well as executives in the country’s corporate sector from a range of industries such as media technology, construction, hospitality, engineering, equipment and landscaping.
Fostering business partnerships and cultural sharing are not the only reasons for Payot to look ahead to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ – there is also the small matter of the potential of his team, which is currently perched on top of the FIFA rankings, winning the tournament.
“Belgium have a lot of exciting young talent such as Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Adnan Januzaj, who are hopefully going to be leaders by 2022,” said Payot. “And don’t forget the upcoming new generation that would be mature by then. Hopefully we will play the final against Qatar,” he concluded.