2022 World Cup cannot be held in Qatar because of the heat -FIFA Official

A top FIFA official said he believes the 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the Middle East country’s high temperatures.

“I personally think that in the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar,” Theo Zwanziger, a FIFA executive committee member, told Sport Bild on Monday (via Reuters). “Medics say that they cannot accept responsibility with a World Cup taking place under these conditions.”

FIFA distanced himself from Zwanziger, with a spokesman saying (via AFP’s SID): “As Mr Zwanziger himself says, it’s

his personal opinion.”

Qatar officials say that a summer World Cup can be held because its stadiums and training and fan areas will be cooled, but there has been concern since Qatar was awarded the tournament in 2010 about the viability of holding it in the summer in the Middle East.

“They may be able to cool the stadiums,” Zwanziger said, “but a World Cup does not take place only there. Fans from around the world will be coming and travelling in this heat and the first life-threatening case will trigger an investigation by a state prosecutor. That is not something that FIFA Exco members want to answer for.”

FIFA, according to Reuters, is looking to move the World Cup to a European winter date, but switching from the usual June-July dates has drawn opposition because leagues around the world would be disrupted.

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