DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar organizers are yet to decide whether to build all 12 stadiums outlined in their successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
The organizing committee issued a statement in response to reports on Monday that only eight World Cup stadiums would be constructed, saying it was customary for hosts to review bid plans before proposing "final host cities and stadia projects" for approval by FIFA.
"This is the same process that all FIFA World Cup host nations undergo. For Qatar, the process of selecting the final proposed lineup of host venues is ongoing," the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press. "The requirement is a minimum of eight and a maximum of 12" stadiums.
In May last year, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said Qatar could use eight stadiums, despite the 12-venue plan required when bidding, and told The AP that ongoing talks with local organizers would be "pragmatic and we will find the right number."
FIFA requires at least eight stadiums for the 64-match tournament, and future hosts Brazil and Russia opted for 12. Brazil's preparations have been in disarray, with three stadiums still not completely ready just seven weeks before the tournament kicks off.
Qatar defeated bids from the United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia to host the 2022 World Cup, promising air-conditioned stadiums amid billions of dollars in infrastructure projects.
In 2010, Qatar submitted a detailed bid document to FIFA which called for $3 billion spending to renovate three stadiums and build nine new ones.