The Qatar World Cup 2022 will be held in November, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has revealed after receiving an assurance from FIFA that the football tournament would not clash with the Winter Olympic Games.
There had been concerns that moving the 2022 World Cup, traditionally played in summer, to winter, would coincide with the Winter Olympics, to be held in January-February.
But Bach said he had been informed the football world governing body was working to delay the Cup rather than bring it forward.
“So far we have heard the proposal by the FIFA president to have it in November 2022, and there would be no clash whatsoever,” Bach told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme.
“I’m not worried at all [about a clash with the Winter Olympics]. What I know is that I spoke with president Blatter about this proposal – [to host the World Cup in] November – and there would be no conflict at all.”
FIFA is expected to decide whether to reschedule the Qatar tournament at its executive committee meeting early next month.
Summer temperatures can soar to 50 degrees in Qatar and despite assurances by the organising committee that stadiums would be air-conditioned, concerns have plagued the event since it was awarded to the Gulf state in 2010.
Retiming the World Cup could open up legal action from countries that lost the bid to host the 2022 tournament, professional leagues, broadcaster Fox and sponsors.
Australian Football Federation chairman Frank Lowy said earlier this month he would sue FIFA to reclaim the $40m his country spent on its lost bid.
However, senior FIFA members have said there would be no grounds for legal action due to the wording of contracts with the body.