World Cup 2022 in Qatar: Between the Clock and a Hot Place

FIFA head Sepp Blatter admits the obvious: It's hot in Qatar in summer. Now what?
Model of the Al-Gharafa Stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar Photograph by Global Photo/fotogloria/LUZ via Redux

Earlier this week, in an interview with Inside World Football, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that “playing the World Cup in the heat of Qatar’s summer was simply not a responsible thing to do.” This wouldn’t be news, except that three years ago FIFA awarded Qatar the World Cup for 2022. The tournament, which is the world’s most widely viewed sporting event, is played in June and July. Back then, Blatter and company were apparently swayed by the promise of “nine new fully air-conditioned open-air stadiums that work using solar power.” Now he is suggesting the event needs to be moved to November.

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