We continued our close collaboration with the World Health Organization. Together, we launched a public awareness campaign during the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 in Qatar in February 2021 that highlighted the importance of accelerating the development and production of, as well as equitable access to, COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.
The highlight of 2021 was the safe and successful hosting of the inaugural FIFA Arab Cup in Qatar in December, a key test event for the country’s operational readiness for the FIFA World Cup. It was a unique and exciting competition that saw 22 national teams from the Arab regions participate in a tournament that brought joy to millions of football fans across the Middle East and Arab world in particular.
As we approach the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, we have a unique opportunity to lift the spirits and hearts of millions of people worldwide by losing themselves in the drama, passion and joy of the FIFA World Cup. This particular tournament will take place at a moment in our shared history when we hope that the trials and tribulations of the pandemic will be behind us, and we can unite in a celebration of better times through the platform of football.
Until then, we remain committed to protecting, preserving and developing football by ensuring that equality runs through everything FIFA does and football is used as a vector for positivity.