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Qatar World Cup Tickets Go On Sale While Beijing Cancels Olympic Ticket Sales

Staging international events is a risky proposition in 2022. Not only due to Covid restrictions, but the international risks of welcoming millions of people into your nation for a month has inherent problems. While most people will attend to enjoy the games and cheer on their favorite teams and athletes, there are always those who bring threats of protests, disruptions, political actions and in the worse case scenario perhaps terrorist activity. The goal as a host nation is to stage an enjoyable and entertaining event for everyone. Having your nation’s premiere events derailed by unruly threat actors is not an option. Threat intelligence, OSINT and predictive analytics are a mandatory part of domestic security for these colossal global events.

Tickets for the Qatar 2022 World Cup have been put on sale with prices for residents wanting to attend the games starting at 40 Qatari riyals ($11), the cheapest for locals since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

Neither FIFA nor the local Qatar organising committee has announced how many fans will be allowed into stadiums for the first World Cup in an Arab country, which runs from November 21 until December 18.

FIFA opened a draw on Wednesday which offers individual match tickets starting at 250 riyals ($69) for international fans – about one-third less than at Russia 2018 – but a ticket for the December 18 final at Lusail Stadium costs 5,850 riyals ($1,607), up 46 percent from $1,100 for the 2018 final.

Earlier in the week, China canceled plans to sell tickets to the public for the Winter Olympics in Beijing, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country reached its highest since March 2020. Organizers said last year there would be no international spectators at the Games — partly due to China’s weeks-long quarantine requirements — but they had promised to allow domestic audiences. Those plans were scrapped on Monday as China reported 223 new infections just three weeks before the Winter Olympics are set to open.

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