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FIFA Officials: Qatar Won’t Host The World Cup in 2022

According to Theo Zwanziger, the German member on the executive committee of world football’s governing body FIFA, Qatar won’t be hosting the World Cup in 2022.

There has been a lot of discussions on whether or not Qatar is capable of hosting the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022. Their geographical location and overwhelming climate has been one of the main reasons why Qatar is considered to be unfit to host such an event.

“I think that at the end of the day the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar,” Zwanziger said in an interview with Sport Bild Plus.

According to the former head of the DFB (German Football Federation), expected extreme summer temperatures is the main reason why Qatar will lose its right to host this world-wide event. Zwanziger also stated that “Doctors say, and I had insisted on this point in the protocol, that they cannot guarantee that a World Cup can be held in summer in these conditions.”

Qatar has been well aware that their high summer temperatures are not suitable for the athletes who will be spending most of their time on the field. Qatar had reportedly been developing stadium cooling systems, to maintain a temperature-friendly environment, both for the players, but also for the fans. Though this has been highly criticized by Zwanziger: “the World Cup involves not only stadiums. There are fans coming from the four corners of the world who will be concerned by the heat. The first incident putting a life in danger will be subject to an investigation. And that, nobody in the FIFA Executive Committee would want to reply to.”

Though you have to ask yourself, if this was such a huge problem, knowing that temperatures in the Gulf do reach up to 45 degrees Celsius, why award Qatar the hosting of the World Cup in the first place? Sepp Blatter, FIFAs president, stated back in May that awarding Qatar the World Cup was a “mistake.”

“Of course, it was a mistake. You know, one comes across a lot of mistakes in life.” he told Swiss television station RTS in an interview at the time.

In early 2015, FIFA’s ethic committee will be announcing the results of their investigation of not only Qatar’s World Cup in 2022, but Russia’s World Cup in 2018.

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