The likelihood that the 2022 World Cup football in Qatar, takes place in winter, has been strongly criticized over the weekend during the FIS Alpine World Cup opener in Sölden by Gian Franco Kasper, president of the International Ski Federation (FIS). If confirm, it would have a serious negative affect the 2022 winter Olympics and winter sports in general in terms of audience, media interest and sponsorship.
Denouncing the hegemonic behavior of FIFA, Mr. Kasper expressed its opposition to have the World Cup to take place in winter, especially in January, to escape the scorching summer temperatures in the Gulf. ” Personally, I do not think anyone in FIFA is concerned about our interests (…) They are the kings of the world – at least, they believe, and they do what they want. Now we will oppose as much as we can, ” said Mr. Kasper. ” If they decide a World Cup in November, and possibly even in December, we can live with. Of course we are opposed to 100 % if they opt for a competition in January. Imagine the Kitzbuhel downhill (end of January) competes with a meeting of the World Cup, I do not think it can go worse, the superposition of the FIFA world Cup and the Winter Olympic Games and winter sports… I hope, however, that my colleague Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA, will reflect on it” said Mr. Kasper.