Report: 2022 World Cup in Qatar to Take Place in Winter

FIFA executive committee will reportedly finalize decision, presumably due to high temperatures during summer months, at its meeting in Zurich next month.

Construction work at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, November 9, 2014.
Construction work at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, November 9, 2014.Credit: AP

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will reportedly take place in the winter, presumably due to the dangerously high temperatures during the summer months.

According to a Sports Illustrated report, "a FIFA task force will meet in Doha next week" to recommend that the World Cup take place in November and December of 2022.

The FIFA executive committee will reportedly make the decision final at its meeting in Zurich next month.

FIFA's decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup in 2010 has come under heavy scrutiny for the past five years. Since temperatures exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Qatar during the summer, many claim the decision hold the World Cup in Qatar made very little sense, accusing the selection process of being wrought with corruption.

Qatar has planned to build air conditioned stadiums to combat the high temperatures. However, nearly 1,000 foreign workers have died while preparing the necessary infrastructure.

FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanzinger said in December that Qatar must meet a March deadline for specific labor reforms or it could risk losing the 2022 World Cup finals.

In November, FIFA released a whitewashed summary of a corruption report into the World Cup bidding process, leading to UEFA's reported threat to quit FIFA.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter denied reports in November that he told executives the 2022 World Cup would not take place in Qatar.

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