The major European leagues will also play behind closed doors as soon as the epidemiological situation in their respective countries allows., said to Efe Rustam Emomalí, president of the Tajikistan Football Federation, one of the few countries in the world where football is played despite the coronavirus pandemic.“We follow the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO) and our health authorities. Since there are no restrictions (…), we have decided to play our matches, “Emomalí said in an interview in writing.BIG LEAGUES, CLOSED DOOREmomalí, one of the founders of Istiklol, winner of the last six league titles in the Central Asian Republic, stressed that the decision to play the Tajik league matches behind closed doors is “a preventive measure to ensure that players and staff are safe“I think that the major European leagues will also play their pending matches behind closed doors once the situation in their countries allows it,” he stressed.Son of the President of Tajikistan, Emomalí Rajmón, stresses that “Sport, and soccer in particular, are playing a vital role in helping the world recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and in repairing hearts and minds.Once each government and soccer federation considers that the situation in their country with respect to COVID-19 is manageable, we believe that sport will be one of the most important tools we have to help people regain normalcy“he explained.The big leagues, Spanish, English, German and Italian, have not yet ruled on when and how the competition will resume, although more and more voices are advocating playing without spectators for health reasons.TAJIKISTAN, WORLD CUP 2026Unlike the rest of the leagues that decided to go ahead with their championships – Belarus, Nicaragua, Taiwan or Turkmenistan-, Tajikistan opted for the minimum risk and played the first two days of the league with empty stadiums, although it has not registered a single case of COVID-19. Stresses that the level of Tajik football is improving by leaps and bounds thanks to investment in development projects and recruitment of young talents, which has allowed the under-17 team to qualify for the World Cup for the second time in its history. “We received the Youth Soccer Development Award from the Asian Soccer Confederation. This award is just the beginning and we are determined to grow and improve our league for years to come.. Soccer is becoming one of the most popular sports in Tajikistan, “he said. In addition, Istiklol, current leader of the Tajik league, reached the final of the AFC Cup, a tournament comparable in Asia to the League UEFA Europe.Emomalí stressed that these young footballers are integrating “little by little” into the national team and dreams that Tajikistan will play the World Cup in 2026. “The long-term strategic plan is called ‘Dream 2026’ and is primarily aimed at qualifying our national team for the World Cup. (…), we hope that this golden generation can help us achieve our dreams, “he says.IN LOVE WITH THE TAYIKA LEAGUEBecause, He says he is “honored” that Tajik soccer has caught the attention of fans around the world, particularly Spanish. “It is an excellent way to show Tajik football to our sister nations. Spanish football has always been a source of inspiration for us and it is a pleasure to have the interest of the world in these moments towards our football, “he acknowledges.As for the gesture of the Istiklol players who prayed for the Spanish people during the match against CSKA, he described it as an “emotional and beautiful gesture”. “He showed one of the most important elements of our culture, which is fraternity and mutual aid in difficult times. It is the least we can do and we hope that all countries can recover soon from this difficult situation, “said the also mayor of the capital and more than likely future president of Tajikistan. He added that all Tajik,”As soccer lovers, we really enjoy Spanish soccer and LaLigaThe banner is a form of brotherhood with LaLiga that is a great motivation for us and with which we have very good relationships. Spain, stay strong, we are with you! “He proclaimed.Regarding infrastructure, he thanked the country’s president, his father, supporting the development of the sport king with the construction of 300 fields in the last three years in all regions of the country, mountainous in more than 90 percent of its territory. And he did not forget to mention that next year the construction of a modern stadium in the country’s capital, Dusambe, will conclude. which will allow the team to play on one of the best courses in all of Central Asia.
Why did you want travel to every country in the world?It was never my intention to travel to every country in the world. I just loved to travel. Just for fun, I had a goal of visiting 100 countries by 30 years old. I achieved that at 26 or so and then just went from there. I was particularly motivated by becoming the youngest person to visit every country in the world.Where are the top three favourite places you’ve been so far?This is such a difficult question because I love so many different places and have different reasons for liking different places. All in all, I will say I love Australia, Namibia, the United States and pretty much all Western European countries – those are cliché I know but they’re all pretty great places!Where are the top three least favourite?I am often asked this question and my go to answer is generally Nigeria; which immediately triggers hate mail from Nigerians around the world but my bad experiences are well documented on my stay there. As for the other two, that’s a hard one. I don’t necessarily hate anywhere but if I had to pick a couple of others I wouldn’t go back to, I’d probably pick Tuvalu and Guinea-Bissau.What three items do you never travel without (not including the obvious – passports, plane tickets etc)A universal power adapter, my laptop and my camera – a small point and shoot. Do you ever feel that your quest has become a ‘list-ticking’ exercise – and that there are places you’d like to stay longer, but can’t because you’re going for this record?Yes, I feel like that right now in terms of completing the Travellers Century Club list. There are a few of the remaining 15 places I am excited to visit but some I don’t have much interest in going to at all. I am kind of over visiting remote islands with nobody on them and/or absolutely nothing to do. I feel like I would be better served going back to more places I’ve already been and loved – which I do anyway but some of the remaining destinations are very expensive and time-consuming to get to.How do you fund your travels?I have always paid for my travels myself with money I’ve earned working. In the last year, as I have turned my travels into a full-time business I do some media trips where I am sponsored for the trip. I don’t love these and am very picky on which ones I go on.How many days on average do you spend abroad per year?It depends on the year but between 3-9 months a year. I know that sounds vague but it really depends on what I’m working on, what’s going on in my personal/family life, etc. I don’t travel as much as I used to because I’ve already been to every country and can afford to be more picky and/or just go where I feel like goingTell us three things you’ve learn from your travels?1. People around the world are generally the same…we all love the same things; being happy and laughing; sports; beer; spending time with friends and family, etc. 2. Knowing a few words in the local language can go a long way…basics like hello, good bye, thank you and please score you big points with locals. 3. Knowing a lot about soccer has helped me greatly all over the world in ice-breaking situations and also to break the American stereotype.All that travelling must be a lot of fun – but what are the downsides to being on the road so much?The downsides are travel time; too much time in airports; being alone for long periods of time at times; exhaustion; bad diet; crappy food; it’s hard to be on a regular schedule regarding anything like sleep, exercising, work time, etc.What advice would you give to others who want to spend more time visiting new countries?My advice would be to do it. It is the best experience you can have and you will learn more about the world and yourself than you ever could in a classroom or at home. Live your life to the fullest – you don’t get any re-runs in life. Save your money and decide what you want to do. You can do anything you put your mind to!Lee Abbamonte (@LeeAbbamonte) the youngest American to visit every country in the world and is one of the world’s most-traveled people. Lee is a travel writer, travel expert, global adventurer and has appeared on the Travel Channel, BBC, NBC, CNN, ESPN and Fox News. Lee has also been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, Bloomberg, Discovery Channel, Slate, OK! Magazine, Peter Greenberg radio and many others.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWorld’s most travelled man: The Fred Finn interviewSo you thought you were well travelled?Lust for life: World of Wanderlust’s Brooke SawardBrooke Saward of World of Wanderlust, Skyscanner’s Travel Blog of the Year, reveals all about her life in travel.10 Teachings of a Technomad10 Teachings of a Technomad