Football: Qatar plans unaffected by Fifa move, say organisers
DOHA (REUTERS) - Fifa's delay in making a decision on the dates for the 2022 Qatar World Cup will not affect the country's plans for the tournament, a senior official told Reuters on Friday.
Earlier, Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced that soccer's governing body would set up a consultation process to decide whether the finals should be held in the burning hot summer months or moved to the winter.
Blatter added the organisation hoped to reach a decision after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and by 2015 at the latest, and admitted he personally took too long to appreciate the problems posed by Qatar's scorching heat.
The lack of a resolution to the problem has not affected Qatar officials who said their preparations, which include plans to use cooling technology in stadiums, training areas and fan zones, were unaltered.