Qatar, host of next year FIFA World Cup, has requested that all players listed for the tournament must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, reports say.
The decision follows a previous directive by the Gulf country indicating that anyone willing to visit the tiny country for the world’s largest football event much be vaccinated.
Qatar expects to benefit from economic contributions of around $20 billion as a result of hosting the games, in particular in the tourism and construction sectors, the Athletic reported.
The first Arab country and in the Middle East to host the event says it is 98 percent ready to host the 2022 World Cup, in terms of stadium and infrastructure.
The global football event will take place from November 21 to December 18 next year.