Football: Fifa to move 2021 Confederations Cup from Qatar

Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke (right) and head of the Qatar 2022 World Cup organising committee Hassan al-Thawadi give a press conference to defend the football's ruling body's controversial proposal to shift the 2022 World Cup from the normal
Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke (right) and head of the Qatar 2022 World Cup organising committee Hassan al-Thawadi give a press conference to defend the football's ruling body's controversial proposal to shift the 2022 World Cup from the normal summer time slot to November/December on Feb 25, 2015 in Doha. -- PHOTO: AFP

DOHA (AFP) - The 2021 Fifa Confederations Cup - the traditional World Cup rehearsal - will not be held in Qatar, world football governing body Fifa announced on Wednesday.

Jerome Valcke, Fifa secretary general, said the tournament will be played "in an Asian country", but Qatar had been ruled out because of its climate.

The tournament, which pits the following year's World Cup hosts and the World Cup holders with the champions of the six Fifa confederations, is traditionally held in the country that will stage the next year's World Cup.

Valcke added that the country that will host the tournament has not yet been decided.

On Tuesday a Fifa task force made a provisional recommendation for the World Cup to start on November 26 and end on December 23, 2022, because of fears over the Gulf country's climate.