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World Cup Calendar Change Was Discussed Before Vote

Soccer officials openly discussed changing the dates of the 2022 World Cup to avoid the summer heat in Qatar in the weeks before voting, a FIFA executive committee member said.

Qatar beat the U.S., Australia, Japan and South Korea to win rights to the event, which is usually held in June and July, summer in Europe and North America. While none of the bidders proposed changing the dates, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he expects a switch to winter. The temperature in Qatar rarely falls below 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in June and July, raising questions about players’ health.