The 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle East country, FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Monday. “I personally think that in the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar,” said the German as quoted in Sport Bild on Monday.
These statements are his personal opinion at this stage but his comments mirror the sentiment of many critics of having the World Cup in June/July when temperatures routinely rise over 40 degrees Celsius (104 F). Officials with the Qatar World Cup committee have suggested cooling technologies they will be implementing within the new stadiums will solve the temperature issues.
However, it is more than just within the stadiums as obviously fans from around the world will be embarking on the country and have to endure the heat.
“Medics say that they cannot accept responsibility with a World Cup taking place under these conditions,” the former German football (DFB) chief, who is now a member of the world football’s governing body FIFA that awarded the tournament to Qatar in 2010.
“They may be able to cool the stadiums but a World Cup does not take place only there,” Zwanziger said.
“Fans from around the world will be coming and travelling in this heat and the first life-threatening case will trigger an investigation by a state prosecutor.
“That is not something that FIFA Exco members want to answer for.”
Changing the traditional June/July timing of the World Cup and shifting to winter in Qatar has been met with strong opposition from officials in many of the largest International leagues, worried that they would be seriously disrupted.
However, critics have also sited the horrible conditions migrant workers have been put through and rumors of mass corruption. Just another day at the office for FIFA it seems.