The revenues of the FIFA World Cup increased by more than one billion dollars after its move to Qatar | World Cup 2022

FIFA increased world Cup The governing body revealed revenues of more than $1 billion (£840m) after the tournament moved to Qatar.

Gianni Infantino was widely criticized on Saturday, after A Provocative opening speechshared record income information with its national associations on Sunday.

Revenue from the four-year cycle Qatar The World Cup (from 2018 to 2022, including five additional months due to the winter schedule) will bring in $7.5 billion, compared to $6.4 billion for the previous tournament in Russia.

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With television rights deals agreed a decade ago, The Guardian understands that much of the uptick has resulted from the recent increase in sponsorship and there has also been a reduction in costs due to the compact nature of the tournament.

The sponsorship was boosted by a series of lucrative deals with Qatari companies, including the announcement in March of state-owned oil and gas company QatarEnergy as a partner in the tournament. Qatar Energy joined state-owned Qatar Airways in the top tier of sponsors, and telecom operator Ooredoo – 68% state-owned – was named in the same month as the Official Global Connectivity Service Provider. The Qatar National Bank Group – jointly owned by the Qatari state and people – is the “Official Supporter of the Middle East and Africa Region” and the “Official Qatari Bank” for the tournament.

FIFA achieved significant cost savings by staging a tournament primarily in one city. All eight World Cup stadiums are located within a 50km radius of Doha, which has allowed the organizers to use a single set of infrastructure for the tournaments – including media facilities and hotels – and significantly reduced travel costs. FIFA responsible.

FIFA officials estimate the windfall will generate an additional $700,000 in investment for the game, with $300,000 in emergency Covid funding. The next four years will also see increased funding for the Fifa Advanced Program with $200m spent each year on developing international talent, a project overseen by Arsène Wenger. FIFA says more funding will come with increased oversight of spending.

A coalition of charities and NGOs has urged Infantino to commit to paying $440 million, the equivalent of the World Cup prize pool, in compensation to migrant workers harmed in the construction of the World Cup in Qatar and to the families of those workers. who died. Infantino addressed the issue on Saturday, saying a fund would be set up, but that “the amount will be decided after the World Cup” and that “anyone who wants to invest should invest.” It is understood that the topic was not brought up during Sunday’s meeting.

Infantino, the subject of ridicule after comparing himself to a migrant worker in his speech to open the World Cup, has received some support from the Welsh First Minister, who is in Qatar for the tournament despite complaints at home.

Mark Drakeford said that while the Fifa president’s speech reminded him of former chancellor Dennis Healy’s first law of loopholes – “when you’re in one place, stop digging” – he thought Infantino had made valid points about the need for Western countries to confront one’s own history before criticizing the contemporary failures of others. .

“Wales is an outward-looking, inclusive country where people’s rights really matter to us,” Drakeford said. “But it wasn’t always that way. In our history, we’ve had times when the things we’ve done, including things we’ve done in other parts of the world, haven’t lived up to the kinds of beliefs and standards we hold to today. So to take a moment to reflect on Our history, you will not waste a moment.”

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