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Qatar World Cup to switch to Winter?

The president of FIFA (Federation International de Football Association), Sepp Blatter, has released a statement saying that he believes the Qatar World Cup should be moved to winter, following some medical information about the heat at Summer. Originally there were some questions about the Qatar World Cup being played in the Summer due to the extreme heat that it there during June and July, but it wasn’t really taken too seriously until medical information about the safety of the players emerged.

During June, Qatar averages a heat temperature of 40C (Celsius) and can reach highs of being in the 50C, making it way too hot for the football players to be playing in. The body’s normal core temperature is 37-38C and when it rises to 39-40C, that is when the body starts to slow down and feel tired. Furthermore, if the body is at 40-41C then exhaustion can set in whilst when temperature is higher than 41C, the body will begin to shut down on an average person. This means that even though athletes such as footballers are fitter, they are unlikely to cope well with the highs of 50C at the Qatar World Cup.

Qatar World Cup could be moved due to medical issues

Sepp Blatter has arranged a meeting with FIFA’s executive committee in October to talk about the winter swap. Blatter wants a swap to winter as temperatures are only around an average of 20C at the end of the year. However, the Premier League are complaining that the move would interrupt their fixtures, and that of fellow European countries’ leagues such as Spain’s Liga BBVA. Yet, the UEFA president Michel Platini, released a statement saying that changing the European clubs’ fixtures would not be a problem, if the Qatar World Cup would be changed.

Qatar have already said that the stadiums which will be used for the Qatar World Cup are all going to be air-conditioned, but Blatter commented, “The World Cup must be a festival of the people, but, for it to be such a festival, you can’t play football in the summer. You can cool down the stadiums, but you can’t cool down the whole country and you can’t simply cool down the ambience of a World Cup. The players must be able to play in the best conditions to play a good World Cup.”

Nevertheless, there are some problems going on about the more recent FIFA World Cup which is planned to be played in Brazil next year. There are worries that there will be protests by the Brazilians which would disturb the World Cup. There are worries now following the Confederations Cup which was held in Brazil as there were protests there about not hosting the World Cup, but instead demanding better public services. Blatter admitted, “If this happens again, we have to question whether we made the wrong decision awarding the hosting rights.”

Author Daniel Foster.
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