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Qatar tournament set for summer

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played in the summer as originally planned and will not be co-hosted with neighbouring countries, the Fifa president Sepp Blatter said yesterday.

Blatter said there were no plans to stage a winter World Cup and any request to do so would have to come from the Qatari hosts who have said they plan to stage the event in summer. "In the bidding documents it was clearly established that the executive committee reserved the right to change anything in the bidding process, but here in this case it must come from Qatar," he told the BBC. "Qatar has not moved for the time being."