THE Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) on Tuesday launched its Accessibility Forum, an initiative that will regularly bring together private organisations, NGOs, government representatives and other stakeholders in Qatar to discuss ways and to ensure a seamless fan experience for people with disabilities attending the 2022 World Cup.
The first forum was attended by stakeholders tasked with delivering infrastructure and services required for the tournament.
They included various ministries, Ashghal, Qatar Rail, Hamad International Airport and Qatar Tourism Authority. Representatives of the Arab Blind Federation and Hamad Medical Corporation were also present.
The forum will act as an independent consultation group and advise
the SCDL and other stakeholders on
specific disability requirements to
ensure the Qatar World Cup is the most accessible and inclusive tournament ever, leaving a lasting legacy for people with disabilities.
Forum members, who will meet three times a year, will discuss issues with stadiums, hotels and public spaces linked to the 2022 tournament, and make recommendations that will be assessed and implemented across a variety of projects.
SCDL Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi said, “We’re focusing a lot on the legacy factor. We’re sure that this forum will add to our efforts in achieving that.”
SCDL Community Engagement Manager Khalid Al Jumaily said, “We’re committed to ensuring the tournament leaves a lasting legacy for disabled communities in Qatar. The forum and recommendations that came from this inaugural session will help us achieve that goal.” DSP