Qatar 'ready for summer or winter World Cup'
Doha, March 25, 2013
Qatar has sought to put a stop to the controversy surrounding the holding of the 2022 Fifa World Cup by stating that it is ready to host the event in summer or winter.
The statement by the tournament’s supreme committee follows recent calls by international sports figures to move the event to winter.
"Various figures from the world of football have raised preferences for hosting in the winter. We are ready to host the World Cup in summer or winter. Our planning is not affected either way, as we are committed to the cooling technologies for legacy reasons," the committee said in the statement carried by QNA.
Qatar is keen to provide the right atmosphere for players and supporters through measures that are "environmentally sustainable," the committee said.
Statements by several football figures have recently urged Fifa, the world's football governing body, to move the tournament to winter so as to avoid the hot weather in Qatar during summer.
However, the tournament's supreme committee said it had "committed considerable resources during the bidding process to prove that the cooling technology, which will cool open-air stadiums, training grounds and outdoor fan areas, works," adding that the technology has been installed at Al Sadd stadium since 2008.
The committee said in a statement it had joined the race to host the world's football showpiece with "the sole intent" of holding it in the summer. "We have always reiterated that we bid on the parameters that we would host in the summer of 2022."