8 Feb 2011

World Cup in Qatar set for summer

1:04 pm on 8 February 2011

The Fifa president Sepp Blatter has given the strongest indication yet that the 2022 Qatar World Cup will be held in the summer, not the winter.

Blatter previously stated he expected the finals to be staged in January because of the country's climate.

The tournament traditionally takes place in June and July but temperatures in Qatar in those months can top 40 degrees.

Blatter says for the time being everything is on ice and any changes would first have to come from the local organising committee.

Qatar beat Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States to host the tournament in the vote held by Fifa's executive committee in December last year.