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Qatar the "right place" for 2022 World Cup

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The head of the Qatar 2022 World Cup says there is no reason why the Arab state should not host the tournament as planned. 

Recent reports suggest their is a strong possibility that football's governing body FIFA may re-schedule the competition to the winter, to avoid Qatar's scorching summer temperatures.

This move has caused some controversy, especially in England, as it would interrupt the traditional schedule of the Premier League season.

FA chairman Greg Dyke has called for the potential relocation of the tournament, if a suitable time to play in Qatar could not be agreed.

But Hassan al-Thawadi, Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Organising Committee, was adamant that this would not be necessary.

"We've worked very, very hard to ensure we're within the rules of the bidding, within the rules of the hosting agreement," he told BBC Sport.

"At the same time we're delivering on all the promises that we've made. We're working very hard to deliver it. The commitment is there.

"[Qatar] is the right place, the Middle East is the right place."

"We are representing the Middle East, it is a Middle Eastern World Cup, so it is the right place. The Middle East deserves to host a major tournament."

FIFA president Sepp Blatter will present the idea of hosting the Qatar World Cup in winter to the FIFA Executive Committee next month. 

Blatter admitted in an interview with insideworldfootball.com that mistakes may have been made in awarding the World Cup to Qatar in the first place , saying it should have always been clear that it had to be played in winter.

"It may well be that we made a mistake at the time," he said.

"After many discussions, deliberations and critical review of the entire matter, I came to the conclusion that playing the World Cup in the heat of Qatar's summer was simply not a responsible thing to do."

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