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Club World Cup: “Ulsan Hyundai can expect the same level of safety in Qatar as in the Asian Champions League”

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Ulsan is back on the site of his Champions League victory as he seeks to make his mark in an international club competition …

South Korean side Ulsan Hyundai are back at the site of their 2020 AFC Champions League triumph in Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup which begins on February 4.

The bio-bubble they are currently in is nothing new to them, as they had been through the same thing during the AFC Champions League a few months ago. All the matches in the East Zone and the Grand Final took place in Doha, at four venues.

Qatari Ambassador to South Korea Mohammed bin Ahmad Al-Hayki believes that Ulsan can also expect the same level of professional health and safety from the host nation of the Club World Cup. It should be noted that former Ulsan coach Kim Do-hoon praised the security arrangements and protocols in Qatar, especially at a time when much of the continent was in shock from the pandemic.

Al-Hayki has also assured the same level of commitment to current Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo.

“The AFC 2020 Champions League held in Doha was the biggest sporting event with 900 players participating in the East and West zones. It is therefore a mega sporting event to welcome and to be able to control and administer. Therefore, during the pandemic and COVID-19 issue, we have introduced certain protocols, improved testing and quarantine facilities in order to guarantee and provide players with the healthiest and safest possible environment, ”a- he declared. Goal.

“This is what coach Kim Do-hoon has repeatedly praised, the health and protocol procedures that Qatari authorities in Doha made available to players during this game. We are of course very proud of the very effective health and safety protocol in place. (by the government of Qatar). In fact, we were able to flatten the curve for COVID-19 in a matter of months from the peak of the epidemic in March and April. So thanks to our frontline agents during the Champions League, no positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported, so this is a clear testament that the health and safety of players is paramount to us.

“And here I would like to take this opportunity to reassure the legendary Hong Myung-bo that he and his team can expect the same level of implementation of the COVID occupational health and safety protocol so that they can play and compete in a very safe and healthy environment. “

So, while the bulk of the AFC Champions League (except the final) was held behind closed doors, the Club World Cup is expected to see fewer fans ( 30% of fans on two sites) as was the case during the Amir Cup. AFC Champions League final and final where Ulsan defeated Persepolis in December. Al-Hayki believes that the presence of the fans is something that Qatar will seek to ensure while keeping the safety aspect in mind.

“We will be looking at all the options when it comes to creating an environment that is conducive to the promotion of the game, but of course our main issue is safety and health here. So while we will be guided by the health protocols set by the Ministry of Public Health in Doha and I am sure the organizing committee will be in close contact with the committee to ensure the best possible environment and provide all the health and safety issues that are paramount. Therefore, we will review the situation as it develops and act accordingly with regard to the percentage of participants. “

He added that Qatar and South Korea have a history of hosting major sporting events like the Asian Games. South Korea also co-hosted the World Cup in 2002. Now that Qatar prepares to host the continent’s second World Cup, Al-Hayki believes that both nations have a lot to learn from the experiences of the world. other and to share their knowledge for the improvement of the sport. on the continent.

“We are very proud of our history of hosting mega sporting events. Whether it’s the Asian Games in 2006 or the preparation for the next World Cup in 2022. And Korea is also the same, they have hosted major sporting events. I think we can work. together to learn from each other’s experiences and thus improve the sports games between us.

“And sport today is not just sport. It is a diplomatic and cultural bridge that brings people from different countries of the world, not only to watch football games, but also to learn about each other’s cultures – whether in the kitchen or in the kitchen. music or in fashion, architecture and the arts. There is a lot to learn from sport. Sport is becoming a major cultural event and not just sporting events. “