Qatari Al Thawadi launches bid for FIFA Exco seat

Hassan Al Thawadi

Hassan Al Thawadi

Accra, April 25, GNA – Hassan Al Thawadi has launched his bid for the Federation of International Football Associations (GFA) Executive Committee seat with a pledge to fulfill Asia’s footballing potential.

The 34-year old Qatari, who doubles as the General Secretary of the Supreme Committee for the Qatar 2022 World Cup will contest Shaikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Football Association for the FIFA position at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Congress on May 2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A statement from the campaign office of Al Thawadi copied to GNA Sports said the Qatari drive rests of four key points including enhanced initiatives throughout football.

‘Enhanced representation for the AFC within FIFA, optimising existing development projects with emphasis on ensuring that existing initiatives are carefully tailored to the specific needs and requirements of member associations, and creating the best environment for commercial and administrative success across the continent.’

On his chances, Al Thawadi said: ‘Sheikh Salman is a dear friend and a very strong candidate.  However, the feedback that I have received from federations during my campaign has been overwhelmingly positive. The strength of Asia lies in the diversity and dynamism of its nations.’

Al Thawadi’s bid has received the blessing of the Qatar Football Association (QFA), whose President Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmad Al Thani has described him as a ‘charismatic young man, fluent in four languages and has a distinguished career in business and commercial fields. 

‘Al Thawadi has demonstrated his immense capabilities to contribute to the world of football in his roles as CEO of our successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup,’ Al Thani said.

Trained as a lawyer, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar 2022 Bid World Cup Committee and played an influential role in the gulf nation winning the hosting right, the first ever in the Middle East.

Al Thawadi serves as General Counsel of Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Qatar Holding (QH) – entities founded by the State of Qatar in 2005 to diversify the country’s economy.