UEFA president Michel Platini has campaigned for the tournament to be held in winter instead of the scorching summer heat.
Hassan al-Thawadi, the secretary general of the Qatar 2022 supreme committee, insists on staging the tournament in the summer, saying that plans have been made to develop air-conditioned stadiums and cool areas for fans to cope with the high temperatures.
“Fans will come. They will experience a middle eastern World Cup,” al-Thawadi told the Guardian. “They will feel safe, they will feel secure, they will feel comfortable and they will have a lot of fun.
“They will be physically cool and they will be cool in every sense.
“There are two cities where the neighborhoods use active and passive cooling techniques, whether in terms of shading or the way it brings in the wind.”
“Blowing in the cooled air is the active aspect but at the same time utilizing shading techniques. Part of our commitment is that when fans come in they’ll enjoy their time here. We made that commitment to the world and we can’t back away from it.”
“Fans will come. They will experience a Middle Eastern World Cup. They will feel safe, they will feel secure, they will feel comfortable and they will have a lot of fun,” the Guardian quoted al-Thawani as saying.
“They will be physically cool and they will be cool in every sense.” He added.
It is believed that Qatar is investing £137 billion ($21 billion) over the next 10 years in infrastructure projects prior to the World Cup event.
Al-Thawani said that the organizing committee will continue to plan for the competition to be held during the summer months unless told directly by FIFA. “It’s the football community’s debate. We’re moving ahead with our summer bid. If anyone comes back to us and tells us winter or otherwise or suggests it, then we will listen to the football community,” he said.
“In terms of logistics and the cooling technology we are going ahead with that. It is a legacy concept. It opens up two thirds of the world to being able to enjoy their summers and hosting tournaments.”
Sepp Blatter the FIFA president met with the organizing committee in Doha this week ahead of the executive FIFA committee meeting in Japan. Blatter said that the vision drawn in a newly published strategic plan covering the next three years was impressive.