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Qatar 2022 World Cup unlikely to clash with Winter Olympics

Aug 26, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

Sepp Blatter Reuters

FIFA is likely to move the Qatar World Cup out of the oppressive Middle Eastern summer heat, but it’s not looking to hold it during potential 2022 Winter Olympic dates.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has suggested a November World Cup rather than the usual June/July, when temperatures in Qatar regularly breach 100 degrees, and recent speculation is a move to May, according to The Associated Press.

“What will be the ongoing situation with such a decision, we have to look on the international calendar,” Blatter said, according to the AP. “We have to look if and how it is possible, when we don’t play in summer, when is the best time to play in winter?”

Blatter was likely referring to soccer’s international calendar. The top leagues in Europe are beginning their seasons now, and they typically run through May if you include domestic cup competitions and Champions League.

Blatter told the AP the decision to move the World Cup from its usual slot will likely be made in October. Consultation on the best time to host the tournament will begin after that.

All Winter Olympics since 1964 have been held entirely in the month of February, and that trend will continue in 2014 and 2018. The dates for the 2022 Winter Games have not been set, and the deadline for cities to bid is Nov. 14.

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  1. kingkong90002013 - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    For the health of players is just a kind of smoke as the Qatar’s bidding document stressed the provision of air conditioning systems that can reduce temperatures from 50 to 27 °C (122 to 81 °F). The bidding committee also proposes to use such cooling technologies in fan-zones, training pitches and walkways between metro stations and stadiums (Worldfootballinsider.com. 28 April 2010).

    If the Qatar bidding committee is going to eat their words, then FIFA should declare the Qatar’s holding right of the 2022 waived. As such, re-bidding should take place.

    This is the ugliest scandal upright in the public. While FIFA and most decent soccer fans are against match-fixing, this UEFA head wittingly chose a very bad location because of some of his non-monetary-direct reasons, promising in advance that he would change from summer to winter should Qatar won. Even non-monetary-direct, this is a cheat obviously. Why is he so shameless?

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