The local administration in Basra decided to allocate the sum of 242.2 billion Iraqi dinars (ID) [$207m] to carry out service and urban projects in preparation for the hosting of the Khaleeji 21 soccer tournament [21st Gulf Cup of Nations], a spokesman said on Thursday.
“The higher committee for the rehabilitation of Basra, chaired by Governor Shaltagh Abboud al-Mayyah, earmarked ID242.2 billion for projects including the construction of three bridges in the city and two others in the province’s districts as well as the rejuvenation of five main intersections,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
“The projects also include the rehabilitation of a road between the Khalid Bridge on the Shatt al-Arab waterway, the airport road and other roads leading to the Sports City,” he added.
The Arabian Gulf Cup of Nations, also known as Khaleeji, is a soccer tournament currently held every two years, rotating the host city each time.
While the competition is usually held on a biannual basis, the history of the competition has also seen it held every three, or even four years, due to political or organizational problems.
The Arabian Gulf Cup of Nations was founded at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico by Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The First Arabian Gulf Cup tournament took place in Bahrain in 1970, and was won by the Kuwaiti team.
(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)