Asian Cup 2011 Exclusive: We Are Ready To Host The 2022 World Cup Whenever FIFA Wants It – Qatar FA President

Having won the bid for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar have had the honour of being the first in the Arab world to host the world’s most prestigious football event.

But with the World Cup being held during the off season around June and July the temperatures in this part of the world rise up to 41 degree Celsius or so which wouldn’t be an ideal condition to play the sport.

There have been suggestions including that by the FIFA and UEFA presidents Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini to schedule the competition in the winter in order to protect the players from draining away their energy.

The FIFA Executive Committee have the power to change everything that was part of the bid proposed by Qatar.

“We are ready to host the World Cup in June or July as proposed. If the FIFA Executive Committee changes it to January, we can do it then too,” said Shiekh Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani, president of Qatar Football Association (QFA).

On being questioned on the sparse crowd that are seen at the stadiums in the Asian Cup 2011 so far, he said, “As the tournament progresses, we have stronger games in the competition and we hope to have more fans.”

Sheikh Hamad went on to hail the result of Qatar against China and mentioned that his side have a job at hand against Kuwait in the final Group A encounter.

“This is an important day for us. In our previous match (against Uzbekistan), the performance was very bad. We play good but we have to qualify,” he added.


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