Qatar organisers: 'Focus on 2022 summer World Cup'

Hassan Al Thawadi, the Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Organising Committee, has told ITV News that the issue of whether the World Cup should be moved from summer to winter is "very important" to the football community and that the committee are still focusing on a summer World Cup.

Ahead of an anticipated FIFA vote on when the showpiece event will be staged, he said:

The change of timing is a very important issue for the football community. For Qatar our focus is on a summer World Cup, the legacy elements behind a summer World Cup are of such magnitude and impact that we continue with our preparations, if it is in winter, we'll still continue with our preparations.

– Hassan Al Thawadi, the Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Organising Committee

Read: FIFA set to debate Qatar 2022 World Cup date switch

Advertisement

FIFA winter World Cup probe

FIFA edged closer to holding the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the winter after it agreed to set up a commission to look into moving the tournament. However, no decision will be made until after next year's World Cup in Brazil.