‘Questioning Qatar’s right to host the 2022 World Cup premature’

 (23:28)  New Delhi, Oct 15 (IANS) FIFA identifies Qatar as the organiser of the 2022 World Cup and Wednesday termed all the negativity regarding its right to host the quadrennial mega event, following several controversies surrounding the country’s hosting bid, as “premature”.

“As of now, Qatar remains the organiser for 2022 FIFA World Cup. There is an investigation going on regarding allegations of bribery between the Qatar bid committee and FIFA members and executives. Michael Garcia (chief independent ethics investigator, FIFA) has given us a report. We will take a look at the report and make a statement about it,” FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said at a press conference here Wednesday.

Allaying all fears, Valcke, not ruling out the possibility of the tournament held during the winter season, said that FIFA will ensure a suitable time for the tournament to be held in the country.

“We will find a time to play the World Cup in Qatar. Whatever is being said at the moment about the country’s feasibility is premature,” he said.

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