The International Olympic Committee has received assurances from FIFA president Sepp Blatter that the Qatar 2022 World Cup will not overlap with the 2022 Winter Olympics.
“It is in the interest of both organizations that there is no clash between our calendars,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams told The Associated Press.
The 2022 World Cup could be moved from the usual June-July window due to Qatar’s summer heat. On Monday, FIFA said in a press release that two alternative windows were November-December and January-February.
In November, Blatter said the 2022 World Cup would not be January-February.
“It can only be done in November-December, not January-February,” Blatter said then.
In January, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke reportedly said the 2022 World Cup would definitely not be played in June or July.
“I think it will be played between November 15 and January 15 the latest,” Valcke said, according to Reuters.
The 2022 Winter Olympics host city will be chosen in a vote next year. The host will be Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing or Oslo.
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FIFA is likely to move the Qatar World Cup out of the oppressive Middle Eastern summer heat, but it’s not looking to hold it during potential 2022 Winter Olympic dates.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has suggested a November World Cup rather than the usual June/July, when temperatures in Qatar regularly breach 100 degrees, and recent speculation is a move to May, according to The Associated Press.
“What will be the ongoing situation with such a decision, we have to look on the international calendar,” Blatter said, according to the AP. “We have to look if and how it is possible, when we don’t play in summer, when is the best time to play in winter?”
Blatter was likely referring to soccer’s international calendar. The top leagues in Europe are beginning their seasons now, and they typically run through May if you include domestic cup competitions and Champions League.
Blatter told the AP the decision to move the World Cup from its usual slot will likely be made in October. Consultation on the best time to host the tournament will begin after that.
All Winter Olympics since 1964 have been held entirely in the month of February, and that trend will continue in 2014 and 2018. The dates for the 2022 Winter Games have not been set, and the deadline for cities to bid is Nov. 14.
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