The 2022 FIFA World Cup will likely not be held in Qatar due to the country’s scorching summer temperatures, according to Theo Zwanziger from the FIFA Executive Committee.
“I personally think that in the end, the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar,” Zwanziger said.
Qatar has insisted that it is viable as a World Cup host due to the cooling technology in the stadiums, training areas and fan zones it is constructing for the event.
However, there is still widespread concern over the health of World Cup soccer players and visiting supporters due to the heat.
Qatar is set to spend around $160 billion on new infrastructure ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
It has been strongly criticized for the harsh working conditions that its 1.4 million migrant laborers are being forced to endure while building the stadiums for the event.
More than 400 Nepalese, the vast majority of whom were working on construction projects, died in Qatar between January 2012 and May this year. However, Qatar has insisted that none of the deaths occurred on World Cup construction sites.
The country has also been accused of bribing political and sports officials in order to ensure that it is selected to host the world’s most prestigious soccer tournament in the future.