The Ottumwa Courier

AP Sports

October 3, 2013

FIFA meets to debate winter 2022 World Cup

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA opened a two-day board meeting Thursday that will discuss whether to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the traditional summer dates.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been pushing for a switch but will likely meet opposition from Europe and the United States. They want FIFA to consult widely before agreeing to a change from the usual June-July slot to avoid the extreme heat in the tiny desert nation.

Officials from Asian and African confederations also said Thursday they have not yet talked formally about Blatter's proposed switch.

"We haven't had that discussion in (Africa)," FIFA board member Hany Abo Rida of Egypt told The Associated Press. "We're waiting to hear the explanation from the FIFA executive."

Blatter has raised the possibility of starting the tournament in November, while UEFA President Michel Platini prefers January.

A FIFA-appointed task force to study the potential impact of a change could be a compromise solution when the board examines the issue Friday.

Blatter said in August he would be "very much surprised, more than surprised" if this board meeting did not reject the idea of playing the World Cup in the Qatari summer.

FIFA has said the 27-member executive committee will also consider the human rights of migrant workers involved in building stadiums, transport links and hotels in Qatar for the World Cup.

The Brussels-based International Trade Union Confederation is trying to step up pressure on FIFA, reminding Blatter that his organization failed in a November 2011 pledge to press Qatari authorities to improve working conditions and legal protection for up to 1.2 million foreign workers in the tiny emirate.

The Asian Football Confederation is also waiting to start formal talks on its position regarding the 2022 World Cup, general secretary Alex Soosay said Thursday.

European soccer leaders have been consulted and given cautious support for a switch to winter, preferring January-February.

Text Only
AP Sports
  • Blackhawks Blues Hockey-6 [Duplicate] Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the first period, Ryan Miller looked like the goalie who limped home 0-5. For the final 80 minutes, 26 seconds, the St. Louis Blues saw the cool, confident backstop they acquired to make the deep playoff run they've long sought. M

    April 18, 2014 12 Photos

  • Cardinals Nationals Baseball-9 [Duplicate] Wainwright throws 2-hitter, Cards beat Nats 8-0 WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Wainwright was as close to unhittable as he's ever been. "I had pretty much everything working. My sinker was sinking, my four-seamer was four-seaming, my curveball was curving," Wainwright said. "My cutter was back. That was a

    April 18, 2014 6 Photos

  • Wild Avalanche Hockey-3 [Duplicate] Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild DENVER (AP) — Paul Stastny sweated out the trade deadline, wondering if his big, expiring contract and Colorado's desire to beef up its blue line might lead to his departure from Denver. Instead, he stuck around to help the Avalanche end a four-year

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • NL Capsules SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu stretched his road scoreless streak to 26 innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 Thursday to avoid a sweep. Ryu (3-1) struck out three and walked one on a season-high 112 pitches in s

    April 18, 2014

  • AL Capsules DETROIT (AP) — Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. Justin Verlander (2-1) allowed three unearned runs in five innings, and the Tigers trailed 3-1 before

    April 18, 2014

  • Ricketts: Cubs not interested in move to suburbs NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts thinks a move to the suburbs might be lucrative but says his team remains committed to refurbishing century-old Wrigley Field. The Cubs won approval from Chicago's City Council last July for a $500 mill

    April 16, 2014

  • Cardinals Brewers Baseball-6 [Duplicate] Cards pitching shuts down Brewers again 6-1 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Cardinals starters are feeling right at home on the mound at Miller Park. A night after Lance Lynn shutout the Brewers, fellow hard-throwing right-hander Shelby Miller followed Tuesday by striking out seven and allowing three hits ov

    April 16, 2014 5 Photos

  • NL Capsules CINCINNATI (AP) — Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole's winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays. First, the

    April 16, 2014

  • Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks BOSTON (AP) — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the fa

    April 16, 2014

  • Gay rights group sends petition to IOC LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — More than 100,000 members of an international gay rights group have sent messages to the IOC urging changes to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. The group All Out re

    April 16, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National