The Federation of International Football Association, FIFA, has postponed the decision on whether or not to move the FIFA summer World Cup Final to be held in Qatar in 2022 to a later time in the year instead of June/July when it is normally held because of the weather.
Speaking at a press conference in Zurich yesterday, FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, announced that no decision will be made on the postponement of the games until the last ball has been kicked at next year’s World Cup Finals in Brazil.
Qatar became the first Arab country to win the right to host the World Cup December 2010 amidst allegations of bribery and corruption.
No sooner was the hosting rights granted to Qatar than European Football Associations started complaining about the searing heat that is usually experienced during the summer months that could affect not only players but fans and officials as well.
In a CNN report filmed on Friday in Dohar, Qatar, it was revealed that the temperature at night in October was 32 degrees Celsius.
Some European FAs started advocating for the World Cup finals to be held later in the year when the temperature in Qatar will be cooler but most wanted the hosting rights taken away completely due to the impracticability of hosting the World Cup in winter when domestic league games and continental competitions would already be midway in most European countries.
Concerns were also raised about treatment of migrant workers working in the construction industry in Qatar. FIFA also addressed the issue with Sepp Blatter saying FIFA could not dictate to Qatar how to treat her immigrants but could also not ignore the concern raised.
Qatar have repeatedly stated their preparedness to hold the World Cup in summer. They have been working on a state of the art cooling system, which would supposedly make temperature at World Cup venues more bearable for everybody.