2022 World Cup in winter? FIFA president Sepp Blatter to propose the switch

Temperatures in Qatar, who won the right to host the 2022 World Cup in 2010, can go up to 50 degrees Celsius during the summer.

updated: July 17, 2013 21:57 IST
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Going, Austria: FIFA President Sepp Blatter plans to ask the governing body's executive committee to consider moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter in order to avoid the searing summer heat.

"If this World Cup is to become a party for the people, you can't play football in the summer," Blatter said on Wednesday. "You can cool down the stadiums but you can't cool down the whole country."

Despite health concerns included in an official report before the vote, the FIFA executive committee opted for the tiny emirate's bid in 2010. Blatter has repeatedly refused to say if he backed Qatar, which can have temperatures of 50 degrees C (122 degrees F) during the summer.

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