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World Cup 2022: Qatar Chief rejects calls to scrap Finals

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It is expected that FIFA will move the summer tournament to the winter, much to the dismay of many European leagues, who are unwilling to have a mid-season break. A summer tournament is unlikely due to the blazing heat.

Football Association chairman, Greg Dyke has said a Summer World Cup in Qatar would be "impossible", and admitted the Tournament may have to be hosted by another nation, if an alternative date can not be organised. Despite this, Hassan el-Thawadi insists there is "no reason" why Qatar can not host the tournament in 2022 as planned.

"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. The Middle East deserves to host a major tournament.

FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, is determined to keep the anticipated cup, in Qatar, and says the only way to do that is to switch Seasons. He is confident that his governing body will vote in favour of the Winter tournament, to avoid the possible 50C heat in the Middle East country. He has however admitted the mistake made in choosing Qatar.

"A summer World Cup is what we bid for. It's the original plan, and we are going for it and we are moving ahead with it," said Al-Thawadi, who is Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Organising Committee.

"I'd like to assure everybody that it is not an impossibility to host the World Cup in the Qatar in the summer.

"It will be an amazing World Cup whether it is in June July or November December or May or January February at any moment in time we are ready to host- we are ready to host this at any time."

Qatar defeated rival bids from South Korea, Australia, Japan, and USA in December 2010, five months after the successful South African World Cup.

Much to the suprise of many, the Premier League have insisted the tournament should go ahead in the Summer, whereas some of the top European clubs have said they are open to a Winter World Cup.

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