Welp, this Monday became less boring when it was reported that Qatar would no longer be hosting the 2022 World Cup. The country is adamant that they'll be hosting the world's biggest soccer tournament but FIFA officials are not feeling it.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter said in May that agreeing to Qatar hosting the World Cup was a fail. "Yes, it was a mistake, of course, but one makes lots of mistakes in life," he said.
"I personally think that in the end, the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar," said FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger. "Medics say that they cannot accept responsibility with a World Cup taking place under these conditions," he further explained.
He went on to express his concerns for the fans traveling around the world to visit a country with intense heat. The World Cup takes place during the European off-season in June and July. During these months, temperatures in Qatar go as high as 120°F and only as low as 86°F. Holy sweaty balls.
Because of the intense heat, Qatar is proposing hosting a winter World Cup in January and February or November and December 2022. This would interrupt regular soccer seasons in Europe and around the world. The European Professional Football Leagues group said that "all scenarios on the rescheduling of the World Cup in Qatar are damaging the domestic competitions and leagues' business interests." Yup, they're not having it either.
One thing that Qatar has on its side — lots of money. Officials are reportedly spending $200 billion on hosting the Cup. According to USA Today, "$140 billion will be spent on transportation infrastructure, with plans for a new airport and metro system. $20 billion will go to tourism infrastructure. Six new stadiums are planned, while two existing stadiums will be upgraded." Those upgrades include high-tech cooling techniques, but what will fans do when they walk out of the stadiums?
In the words of the great Notorious B.I.G., "Mo Money, Mo Problems."
What do you think? Should the 2022 World Cup be held in Qatar or not? Weigh in in the comments.
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