Opposition to 2022 Football World Cup in Winter

Opposition to 2022 Football World Cup in Winter

The International Ski Federation has called on all winter sports governing bodies to oppose any plan to stage the 2022 Football (Soccer) World Cup in the winter, fearing it will damage their own competitions. As mentioned in the article published on October 27, 2013 (Skiing & Winter Sports VS. Football World Cup in Winter) this issue still has not been resolved and will cause the FIS to plan a resolution with the other six winter sports federations in a combined attack on world football’s governing body FIFA’s plans to switch the dates of the tournament in Qatar. “FIS will submit a proposal to the other six International Winter Sports Federations to sign a resolution against organizing the World Cup during the winter sports season in 2022,” it said in a brief statement.

FIS has long viewed FIFA’s plans with suspicion, aware that a Football World Cup, the world’s biggest and most popular single sports event, would take away viewers and sponsors from the skiing season. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has since said it was a mistake to award a summer tournament to Qatar and is now looking for dates in the winter. FIS President Gianfranco Kasper has repeatedly warned such plans would impact the skiing competition and has called on FIFA to respect other sports federations.

The International Olympic Committee is also closely monitoring FIFA’s deliberations, fearing that the event could also affect their own winter Olympics.

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