President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, has given us the strongest sign yet that the 2022 Qatar World Cup will be held in its conventional summer slot, rather than the winter one as suggested before.
Sepp has previously insinuated that the tournament may be held in January because the countries climate wouldn’t allow for a summer one, but he seems to have changed his mind.
The tournament traditionally takes place in June and July but temperatures in Qatar during that period can top 40 degrees.
Sepp Blatter told the BBC: “I think for the time being the matter is on ice. Everything is settled for summer.”
“Who said first that we should play in winter? It was Franz Beckenbauer, second Michel Platini and the world footballers’ union (Fifpro).
“I am not in favour of one or the other. What I did say, winter is not only January or February. I think for the time being the matter is on ice.”
Blatter went on to explain that a Qatar delegation from visited Fifa, and indicated that the World Cup would be played in the summer months.
“Everything is settled now for summer and all the 64 matches will be played in the territory of Qatar,” said Blatter.
He added: “In the bidding documents it was clearly established that the executive committee reserved the right to change anything in the bidding process, but here in this case it must come from Qatar.”
Qatar beat off strong competition from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States to host the tournament.