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Asian Body Urges FIFA To Reschedule 2022 World Cup

FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced Qatar's victory on December 2 to host the 2022 World Cup.
The Asian Football Confederation has urged FIFA to reschedule the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter months of January or February to avoid the desert state's sweltering heat.

AFC head Peter Velappan said that cooling down stadiums and training grounds with air conditioners was "not a solution" and warned that some European teams may boycott the World Cup due to the heat.

Qatar's summer temperatures commonly top 40 Celsius.

The president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, meanwhile rejected allegations of corruption at soccer's governing body after Russia and Qatar won the right to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

compiled from agency reports