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SBD Global/September 17, 2013/International Football
FIFA Medical Chief To Issue Warning Over Heat Risks At 2022 Qatar Summer World Cup
Published September 17, 2013
A CHANGE POSSIBLE? SOCCEREX reported Qatar 2022 General Secretary Hassan Al-Thawadi "has rejected calls for the country’s World Cup hosting rights to be awarded to another nation, stating the Middle East deserves the chance to host a major football tournament." He said, "We’ve worked very, very hard to ensure we’re within the rules of the bidding, within the rules of the hosting agreement. At the same time we’re delivering on all the promises that we’ve made. We’re working very hard to deliver it. The commitment is there. (Qatar) is the right place; the Middle East is the right place. We are representing the Middle East; it is a Middle Eastern World Cup. The Middle East deserves to host a major tournament" (SOCCEREX, 9/16). In. N.Y., Sam Borden reported the U.S.' most influential football administrator, Gulati, said "he will try to block any move by FIFA to switch the Qatar 2022 World Cup to winter." Gulati, whose country "was unexpectedly beaten by the tiny Gulf state to stage the tournament when the vote was taken three years ago," said that he will oppose any attempt by FIFA's exec committee to change the dates of the tournament when it meets on Oct. 3-4. Gulati: "I don't see at this stage, frankly, how I or any member of FIFA's executive committee could make a sensible decision. If the position I'm taking -- which is that we need a lot more information -- is rocking the boat. Then I'm going to be rocking the boat" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/14).