2022 World Cup

Qatar plans for summer, but flexible

March 22, 2013
By Associated Press
LONDON -- Qatar organizers are pushing ahead with plans to hold the 2022 World Cup in the summer, although they're willing to host in the winter.

UEFA President Michel Platini has led calls to play the tournament in the cooler winter months. FIFA's ruling body also could move the dates because of medical concerns about the desert heat.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Thursday that Qatar would have to request a shift to winter -- and the organizers responded that they are "committed ...

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