FIFA medical chief against summer 2020 World Cup

Updated: March 15, 2013, 1:58 PM ET
Associated Press

KNOKKE, Belgium -- FIFA's medical chief says he is against organizing the 2020 World Cup in the summer heat of the desert nation Qatar.

Michel D'Hooghe's opinion on Friday added a strong voice to the debate whether Qatar should stick to the traditional slot of June for a World Cup or if the tournament should be moved to another part of the year to allow for a more temperate climate.

Even though D'Hooghe said that games and trainings sessions would be held in climate conditioned temperatures of 21 degrees C (70 degrees F), the many fans and officials attending the month-long tournament would be faced much more with the scorching desert heat.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that for the time being "it is a problem without solution."

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