Doha 03rd October 2013: Qatar is ready to accommodate a change in the dates for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee said in a statement yesterday, claiming that it can still stage the tournament in summer.
The statement added that the change in date will not affect their planning and preparation for the tournament.
“We bid for the FIFA World Cup in summer because we saw the opportunity to present solutions for players and fans in our country and others with similar climates, to enjoy the outdoors in cool, safe and comfortable conditions in the summer months,” it said.
Qatar said it was researching and developing cooling technologies which could be used in stadiums, training pitches, fan zones and public areas for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Despite Qatar’s assurances, there is widespread concern at staging the tournament in the summer. FIFA will discuss this week whether to agree in principle to move the tournament to a cooler time of year.
Qatar added the commitment to cooling technologies will continue, for without it certain parts of the world will be opposed to host such events.
Qatar already has one cooled stadium at Al Sadd Sports Club, retrofitted in 2008.
It had built a prototype carbon-neutral stadium in 2010 which made use of renewable energy-powered cooling technologies to cool the stadium.
The statement said a FIFA inspection team visited both during the run-up to the vote which elected Qatar in 2010.
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