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Qatar 2022 chief dismisses calls to move finals

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Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Organising Committee Hassan al-Thawadi has rejected calls for the World Cup to be switched to a different country.

There has been heavy debate on the Emirate's validity as a host nation ever since they were awarded the finals in December 2010 - mainly due to the searing temperatures of the Qatari summer that can reach up to 42 degrees Celsius - which have led to calls for the tournament to be moved somewhere else.

FIFA are expected to instead switch the World Cup to winter for the first-time in it's history, and even President Sepp Blatter has said it might have been a "mistake" to give the finals to Qatar in the first place.

However, al-Thawadi disputes these claims, and in an interview with BBC Sport, he said: "[Qatar] is the right place. The Middle East is the right place."

He added: "We've worked very, hard to ensure we're within the rules of bidding, within the rules of the hosting agreement.

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

A winter World Cup could cause significant problems for leagues such as the Premier League as it would involve having to reschedule the whole season around the finals, and UEFA are also reportedly worried about the disruption it could cause to the Champions League.

However, Europe's top clubs have said they are "open" to a winter tournament, and it could also provide a boost to FA Chairman Greg Dyke's optimistic aim of England winning the 2022 World Cup as the Three Lions have struggled to deal with hot temperatures at previous tournaments, most notably in Japan and South Korea 11 years ago.

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