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Olympics Official: Winter Games Won't Move for 2022 World Cup

  • AFP, Friday, November 7, 2014 12:48 PM
A senior Olympics official thinks the Qatar 2022 World Cup should have to fit around the Winter Olympic Games, and not the other way around, pouring cold water on the idea that the Winter Olympics that year, which will be in either Beijing or the Kazakh capital Almaty, might shift its dates to accommodate a winter World Cup in Qatar. Nevertheless, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, head of Asia's Olympic body and the worldwide Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), said during an ANOC meeting in Bangkok that he is sure the two events would not clash.

"I think the Olympics should be maintained because we don't have a problem. This is a FIFA issue, not an IOC [International Olympic Committee] issue," Sheikh Ahmad said. "For that [reason], I believe the IOC will stick with their time because it already has been committed and the broadcaster has been committed, the broadcasting, all the marketing partners, the NOCs. I don't think anything will touch the Olympics. FIFA should be flexible in choosing -- this is my advice -- which is the best date."

The Kuwaiti added: "I think they will analyze this and they will try to find the best solution, how they will make it without touching each other, keeping the interests of each and respect the period of each game or event."

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