RESOLUTION CLOSE ON A WINTER WORLD CUP IN 2022
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.”