LOC reveals final preparations as countdown begins for the Turkish Super Cup
Doha: The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 2021 Turkish Super Cup has revealed the final preparations for hosting the match, which will be played on Wednesday, January 5th, at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, between Besiktas, the champions of the Spor Toto Süper Lig and the Turkish Cup, and Fraport TAV Antalysapor, runner-up of the Turkish Cup last season. The Turkish Super Cup is being held in Qatar for the first time, after all the earlier editions were played in Turkey and Germany.
The much-awaited match is set to kick off at 20:45 (Doha and Ankara), which corresponds to 17:45 GMT.
The LOC has agreed with the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), to set the percentage of spectator attendance at the game to a maximum of 25% of the capacity of Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
The MOPH, in coordination with the LOC, has determined a series of conditions and measures that must be adhered to by the fans, and they are as follows:-
*The Ehteraz App (green code with the golden frame) must be shown and for people who do not have a golden frame in the app, they must show the result of the Rapid Antigen Test which must be taken 24 hours before the match. The temperature of the ticket holder will be checked before entering the stadium.
* Entry to the stadium will not be allowed in the following cases: (a) the ticket holder has not shown the Ehteraz application (Green code with the golden frame), and (b) the person who does not have a golden frame has not shown the result of the Rapid Antigen Test which must be taken 24 hours before the match, (c) the temperature of the ticket holder is too high, and (d) the ticket holder is not wearing a face mask.
The LOC confirmed Qatar’s readiness to host the major event, both in terms of organisation and healthcare protocol, through the measures taken in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The match will be held amid strict protocol procedures, with a system similar to the bio-bubble applied to all participants in the tournament, including players, officials and organizers.
The LOC, in cooperation with the Turkish Football Federation and local authorities, will ensure that these procedures are followed as preventive measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, at a time when the world is witnessing a noticeable increase in the number of cases.
Several preventive steps have been taken in this regard, which included ensuring all participants undergo Covid-19 tests, the usage of safe transportation, and regular sterilisation of all facilities including the stadium, training grounds, and media facilities.
Moreover, the LOC has allocated fully equipped medical staff to be in the stadium throughout the match, to provide the necessary assistance when needed, with the aim of ensuring the safety and health of all participants in the Turkish Super Cup.
In terms of security and safety measures at the stadiums and associated facilities for the game, a mock drill process was implemented, with the aim of ensuring the increased level of readiness to face any emergency situation, and educating the stadium staff and private security personnel on effective evacuation procedures. All of these procedures and measures help ensure that the game is organised in the ideal way at all levels.
As for the match itself, it promises to be an exciting encounter between Besiktas and Antalyaspor.
Besiktas, who is currently ranked seventh in the Turkish league this season, holds nine Turkish Super Cup titles, the last of which was in the 2006 season. On the other hand, Antalyaspor have never won the title, and are ranked fifteenth in the league.
The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium’s hosting of the Turkish Super Cup comes after it also witnessed Egyptian side Al-Ahly’s victory over Morocco’s Raja at the African Super Cup game on December 22.
This upcoming game adds to Qatar’s stature as the sports capital of the Middle East – as the country continues to host important and major sporting events, tournaments and football matches, in the stadiums and facilities of the 2022 World Cup.
Over the past two years, Doha hosted many important official international matches amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, such as the AFC Champions League competitions for the West and East regions and the AFC Champions League final 2020.
Doha also hosted the Italian Super Cup in 2014 and 2016, and other international friendly matches due to its enormous organisational capabilities and distinguished facilities that make it the premier destination for various football events.