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FIFA edged closer to fi­nally de­cid­ing the fate of the World Cup in Qatar, opt­ing for it to be played dur­ing the months of Novem­ber and De­cem­ber.

Af­ter months of de­lib­er­a­tion and spec­u­la­tion, FIFA of­fi­cially an­nounced a pro­posal to move the 2022 World Cup to the win­ter months. This is ex­pected to be rat­i­fied when the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee meets in Zurich on March 19-20. Fol­low­ing this an­nounce­ment, the Lo­cal Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee (LOC) pre­sented the first Tour­na­ment Op­er­a­tion Mas­ter Plan to FIFA dur­ing a meet­ing where LOC Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Has­san Al Thawadi out­lined Qatar's vi­sion for the event. This also in­cluded a pre­sen­ta­tion on the sta­tus of the sta­dia and the lo­gis­tics around them. Com­ment­ing on to­day's meet­ing, Al Thawadi was quoted in a lo­cal daily as say­ing, “The first LOC board meet­ing is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone. It was an op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate our op­er­a­tional prepa­ra­tions and en­sure we are ready to de­liver the tour­na­ment as early as pos­si­ble.” Dur­ing this meet­ing FIFA Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Jerome Val­cke also an­nounced that it will not com­pen­sate clubs for the World Cup move. Ru­mours were start­ing to sur­face among some Euro­pean clubs that FIFA will have to cover the costs that clubs and leagues will spend on reschedul­ing their cham­pi­onships, many of which run be­tween Au­gust and May. But Val­cke said, "There will be no com­pen­sa­tion. I mean, they have seven years to re­or­gan­ise foot­ball around the world for this World Cup. It is hap­pen­ing once and we are do­ing noth­ing that de­stroys foot­ball.”

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