Qatar Chiefs Dismisses Claims 2022 World Cup Could Be Moved

September 23, 2014

Qatar chiefs have dismissed claims that the 2022 World Cup could be moved to a different country due to the heat.

Germany’s FIFA member Theo Zwanziger believes the 2022 World Cup will be moved from Qatar due to the extreme temperatures and the threat of legal action.

FIFA has always stressed the World Cup will be in Qatar but is currently looking at moving the dates to the winter.

Nasser Al Khatere, executive director of communications for Qatar 2022’s supreme committee for delivery & legacy, said in a statement: “Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, despite the comments of FIFA Executive Committee member Dr. Zwanziger, which reflect his personal opinion and not that of FIFA.

“The only question now is WHEN, not IF.

“Summer or winter, we will be ready. We have proven that a FIFA World Cup in Qatar in the summer is possible with state-of-the-art cooling technology.

“We have demonstrated that our cooling works in outdoor areas beyond stadiums. This summer we welcomed fans in Doha to an open-air Brazil 2014 Fan Zone with temperatures cooled to a comfortable 22 degrees Celsius.”

There has yet to be a decision made on the timing of a winter World Cup but there has already been opposition from leagues and clubs.

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