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Jordan's Prince Ali calls for Qatar 2022 switch

  • AP, Monday, December 13, 2010 1:41 AM

Another key soccer official has called on FIFA to switch the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from summer to winter to avoid the heat and to allow neighboring Arab nations to host games. Prince Ali of Jordan is seen as an ally of Qatari Mohmmed Bin Hammam, the Asian Football Confederation president and a member of the FIFA executive commitee, and is running for the AFC's representative on the executive committee as vice president against Chung Mong Joon, the powerful South Korean and Bin Hammam nemesis.

In the last week, such executive committee members as Franz Beckenbauer and Michel Platini have called for FIFA to consider playing the 2022 World Cup in the winter to avoid the oppressive Qatari summer. "I think they have to incorporate the people of the region," Prince Ali said of the possibility of playing games in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and possibly Saudi Arabia. "Also, in terms of capacity they will have to reach out to some of the neighboring countries to help with people coming from outside who want to experience this event."

Prince Ali, 35, said he was committed to running on an anti-corruption platform. "At the moment I am looking from the outside, as is everyone else," he said. "But I do believe people like myself need to get into this organization because we have reputations and backgrounds that hopefully will help ensure that if are these issues there will be less and less of it. We have to bring back the reputation of this organization to where it should be. That's why I want to get in there. We want people who you know for sure will not be part of issues like that."

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1 comment about "Jordan's Prince Ali calls for Qatar 2022 switch".
  1. Paul Bryant, December 13, 2010 at 9:29 p.m.

    I used to work in Saudi Arabia. You can die of dehydration just standing still during the summer. It's literally like a convection oven. It would be impossible to play games during the day time.

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