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Football: Critics of Qatar World Cup 2022 will be proven wrong, says organising chief

Published on Mar 31, 2013 5:13 PM
 
Senior Qatari official Hassan Al-Thawadi (right) is seen with Spain's Carles Puyol (centre) and Qatari Football Association president Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani at the Khalifa International Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha on Feb 6, 2013. Al-Thawadi downplayed suggestions that the 2022 football World Cup should be moved from the fierce heat of summer for player and fan safety. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

QATAR is convinced it will have the last laugh as controversy continues to surround its hosting of the 2022 football World Cup.

In an exclusive interview with The Straits Times on Sunday, senior Qatari official Hassan Al-Thawadi downplayed suggestions that the tournament should be moved from the fierce heat of summer for player and fan safety.

This comes after Uefa president Michel Platini said it was too hot to have the showpiece tournament in Qatar in the summer and called for a move to cooler months.

Al-Thawadi, who is the secretary general of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, said: "Whenever you come up with something new, a visionary concept that breaks the mould, people are always going to be skeptical.

 
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