FIFA medical chief against summer 2022 World Cup

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Associated Press

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 15 at 12:06 PM

KNOKKE, Belgium (AP) — FIFA's medical chief says he is against organizing the 2022 World Cup in the summer heat of the desert nation Qatar.

Michel D'Hooghe's opinion on Friday added a strong voice to the debate whether about Qatar should stick to the traditional slot of June for a World Cup or if the tournament should be moved to another part of the year to allow for a more temperate climate.

Even though D'Hooghe said that games and trainings sessions would be held in climate conditioned temperatures of 21 degrees C (70 degrees F), the many fans and officials attending the monthlong tournament would be faced much more with the scorching desert heat.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that for the time being "it is a problem without solution."

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