World football’s governing body FIFA looks set to vote on whether to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from its traditional June-July slot to avoid the emirates extreme summer temperatures.
The vote on the switch will take place at the executive committee’s two-day meeting in Zurich later. It is by no means a foregone conclusion as opposition to the move gathers pace.
Fears for the well-being of both players and fans in the stifling heat has prompted the ballot.
The chief executive of the English Premier League Richard Scudamore believes chaos will ensue if a switch to the northern hemisphere winter is granted.
The proposed move has been penned in for January and February 2022 when the temperatures in Qatar are around 22 degrees.
There is also the issue of football’s showpiece tournament clashing with other sports such as the Winter Olympics, the Superbowl in America and domestic football leagues.
On Wednesday Qatar said it is happy to accommodate a change in the dates, while insisting it can still stage a good tournament in Summer.
Qatar said it was researching and developing cooling technologies which could be used “in stadiums, training pitches, fan zones and public areas for the 2022 FIFA World Cup”.
It is a hot topic and one which is yet to reach boiling point.