Friday, March 15, 2013
FIFA medical chief against summer 2020 World Cup
KNOKKE, Belgium -- FIFA's medical chief says he is against organizing the 2020 World Cup in the summer heat of the desert nation Qatar.
Michel D'Hooghe's opinion on Friday added a strong voice to the debate whether Qatar should stick to the traditional slot of June for a World Cup or if the tournament should be moved to another part of the year to allow for a more temperate climate.
Even though D'Hooghe said that games and trainings sessions would be held in climate conditioned temperatures of 21 degrees C (70 degrees F), the many fans and officials attending the month-long tournament would be faced much more with the scorching desert heat.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that for the time being "it is a problem without solution."