Qatar World Cup chiefs hit back at Zwanziger: "Only question is WHEN, not IF"
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By Mark Doyle
The organisers of the Qatar World Cup have dismissed the suggestion that they will be stripped of the tournament.
Fifa Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger claimed on Monday that there is no chance of the 2022 event being staged in the country because of the extreme temperatures and the threat of legal action in the event of a heat-related injury or fatality.
However, Nasser Al Khater, the executive director of communications and marketing for the supreme committee for delivery & legacy, says that there is no chance of a change of venue.
“Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, despite comments of FIFA Executive Committee member Dr. Zwanziger, which reflect his personal opinion and not that of FIFA," he stated.
"The only question now is WHEN, not IF. Summer or winter, we will be ready.
"We have proven that a FIFA World Cup in Qatar in the summer is possible with state-of-the-art cooling technology.
"We have demonstrated that our cooling works in outdoor areas beyond stadiums. This summer we welcomed fans in Doha to an open-air Brazil 2014 Fan Zone with temperatures cooled to a comfortable 22 degrees Celsius.
"The evolution of environmentally friendly cooling technologies is an important legacy for our nation, region and for countries with similar climates - promising to expand the reach of hosting major sporting events to countries where it was never thought possible before.”
The decision to award Qatar the World Cup has also generated controversy because of allegations of corruption in the selection process.
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