FIFA’s Zwanziger Says World Cup Unlikely in Qatar, Bild Reports

Soccer’s World Cup probably won’t be held in Qatar in 2022 as planned because the country’s heat poses a health risk to fans and players, FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger told Bild in an interview.

Even if the country can reduce the heat in its stadiums with technology, the conditions outside the arenas could be dangerous, the German told the magazine. He’s shared his concerns with the rest of the board of FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, Bild said.

Soccer’s global governing body FIFA is considering moving the 2022 World Cup to the winter to avoid the country’s stifling weather during June and July.

A FIFA task force is considering two alternative dates -- either January and February 2022 or November and December 2022. Qatar won the bidding in 2010 and agreed to host the event during the normal period, which happens after the end of most of major European leagues. It promised to use technology to cool stadiums for fans and players.

Temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) during the Qatari summer.

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