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SBD Global/September 24, 2013/International Football
Scottish FA Chief Stewart Regan Backs Switch To Winter World Cup In 2022
Published September 24, 2013
ON THE AGENDA: REUTERS' Brian Homewood reported FIFA "has confirmed that it will discuss the timing" of the 2022 World Cup at its next exec committee meeting. The agenda for the meeting on Oct. 3-4, published on Monday, included the item "FIFA World Cup Qatar, period of the competition" (REUTERS, 9/23). SOCCEREX reported Qatar 2022 "has maintained that is committed to delivering the cooling technology it promised" for staging the World Cup, "regardless of whether it remains in its current calendar slot or is switched to a winter event." Qatar 2022 said that while it is "open to a switch to winter dates to lessen the impact of the nation’s sweltering summer temperatures, it is still keen to deliver air-conditioned stadiums using new environmentally-friendly technology." The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee said, "We bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in summer and are fully committed and working hard to deliver on these promises" (SOCCEREX, 9/23).