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Qatar open to winter World Cup

June 18, 2013
By ESPN staff
Qatar 2022 World Cup committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi says he is open to hosting football's showpiece event in winter.

Since Qatar was awarded the right to host the 2022 World Cup, debate has raged over temperatures which many consider will be a hinderance to players, officials and spectators, despite air-conditioned stadia.

However, Al Thawadi insists the tournament will be held at the most appropriate time, and in accordance with the wishes of the game's stakeholders.
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